Stevenage FC Foundation in partnership with EFL Trust and Ferrero UK deliver the Joy of Moving programme to thousands of school children in Stevenage and surrounding areas.

According to research only 30% of boys and 25% of girls aged 5-7 meet the recommended quota of exercise each day. Such inactivity levels are leading to a variety of issues affecting both physical and mental health.

The Joy of Moving programme is designed to help children develop their physical, cognitive and social skills in a fun and educational way. This is done through two national projects, Move & Learn programme and the Joy of Moving Festivals that engage 70,000 children nationwide each year. 


The Move and Learn Programme is a national school-based educational programme for children aged between 9-10 that has been developed by the EFL Trust and Ferrero.

By combining six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom sessions, the programme encourages physical activity, promotes nutritional education and builds awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

In the 2017/18 academic year Stevenage FC Foundation worked with 15 schools in our local community engaging with 900 school children.

Each year we invite schools involved in the programme to take part in half time penalty shootout during a Stevenage FC home fixture.


Our Joy of Moving Festivals compliment the Move and Learn Programme. Taking place predominantly in the Summer term, the Joy of Moving Festivals involves the full school from reception all the way through to Year 6, and even the teachers!

The Festivals help develop each child in five major areas: physical fitness, motor (bodily) coordination, cognitive functions, creativity (mental reasoning), and life skills.

The Festivals first piloted in 2018 reaching out to hundreds of schools nationwide engaging thousands of children aged 4-11.  

Details of the Move and Learn Project


6 x 45 minutes in the classroom

6 x 45 minutes of physical activity

Cost: Free

Venue: Classroom and hall or outdoor space

Support: One teacher will be required to be present and willing to participate in the sessions

The aims of the Move and Learn Project are for children to:

  • Learn the importance of a healthy, balanced diet
  • Learn the importance of activity every day for both physical and emotional well-being.
  • Learn the importance of eating in moderate quantities

The learning outcomes of the Move and Learn Project are:

  • To enable children to understand the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle
  • To enable children to identify the nutritional components of their diet and recognise the quantities of each that they are eating
  • To enable children to identify that food is the fuel that allows the body to function correctly
  • To provide maths and literacy activities to support children’s learning
  • To provide fun activities that promote health and physical activity in a positive way

For more information about Move and Learn please contact our Head of Education & School Sport, Daryl Smith via [email protected]