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Merino Launches Super Movers In Newcastle

Magpies midfielder Mikel Merino attended Choppington Primary School in Northumberland on Thursday to help launch the new Super Movers campaign.

The initiative is a joint effort by the Premier League and the BBC to help primary school teachers inspire children to get more active, and use physical exercise to enhance their learning.

Super Movers brought stars from the worlds of football, music and television together in a series of fun and free educational videos, designed to get children moving throughout the day with a series of routines and activities. Super Movers ambassadors include Gabby Logan, current Arsenal Women captain Alex Scott MBE, and Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya.

Dr Lauren Sherar, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University, who is an academic advisor for Super Movers said: “There is growing evidence supporting beneficial effects of active learning on education-related outcomes. Super Movers is a fantastic programme to help teachers create a fun and active classroom.”

Super Mover Live lessons have been taking place at schools across the country and at Choppington Primary School, Merino was joined by staff from the Newcastle United Foundation and CBBC presenters Annabelle Davis and Miles Butler-Hughton, who led children through some of the Super Movers activities.

The Premier League, Newcastle United and other Premier League clubs will support Super Movers through their work in local schools, helping and encouraging teachers to use the Super Movers videos in their classrooms. Schools involved in the campaign will also have the chance to win prizes, including a visit from the Premier League trophy.

Merino said: “This was my first visit to a Foundation project and it was great to see so many happy children getting active with Super Movers. I enjoyed meeting everyone and I hope they keep having fun in the classroom!”.

Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League, added: “We recognise the power football has to connect with young people and positively influence their lives. Super Movers will harness the reach and strength of our clubs and the BBC to encourage children to be more active and engaged throughout their learning.”

For more information on Super Movers, visit www.bbc.co.uk/supermovers.


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