Sport Center

Innovative Multisport course for a group of children in a Sport Centre, from September to June, twice a week after the school time.

Success or innovation factors

The success factor of this kind of activities is that the same staff will deliver the activity in the same sport facilities, so that children can feel more familiar with the trainers.
Various sports facilities can be used without having to travel from one center to another. It is also possible to keep a closer relationship with parents, to talk with them, explain them what we are doing and also to receive any suggestions and feedback from them and their children.

Methodological approach

The methodology of these activities implies the development of the fundamental movement skills as they are considered the basic building block for the overall development of physical literacy. Previous research has proven that without the development of these fundamental skills, many children and young people tend to quit sports and turn to more inactive and unhealthy choices during their leisure time (e.g. Burton & Martens, 1986; Skard & Vaglum, 1989). The combination of the fundamental elements of Motivation and Confidence (Affective), Physical Competence (Physical) Knowledge and Understanding (Cognitive) and Engagement in Physical Activities for Life (Behavioural) in the sports education ensures the complex education of the educators in all relevant fields of these elements.

Potential risks

As it will be a multisport activity it is necessary to find sports centres with different types of structures and it is not always easy to find them.

Replicability / Opportunity for future use

Multisport activity is an excellent opportunity for sports centres to expand their offers to more users. This project will also offer the opportunity to children who do not like competitive activities to move while having fun and try to approach life in a healthier style.


The program foresees that the first semester will be dedicated to individual activities (e.g.: individual motor courses) and unconventional group games (e.g.: multi-goal soccer, dodgeball, castellone, guard and thieves, king and queen, etc.). The objective is to promote movement as a form of play by giving children the opportunity to experiment with the development of general and specific coordination skills. Small tools will be used, such as balls of different types, circles, cones, mats, ropes.
The second part of the year will be dedicated to the experimentation of 4 sports: two team sports and 2 individual sports to be decided on the basis of the facilities available in the sports centre.

Human resources (qualification/skills)

This multisport model can be conducted by teachers with a degree (or undergraduate) in motor science. The skills required are:

  • knowledge related to motor development in children,
  • ability to adapt work to the target group,
  • creativity and
  • predisposition to the continuous search for game variants.


Sport Centre

Materials and equipment

Sport equipment for the activities: different balls, cones, ropes, balloons, sticks, circles, bandages.
Materials: T-shirts for Sport Instructors and for the participants.

Recruiting of participants

Participants can be recruited through collaboration with the local parents’ associations and the promotion of the project in neighbouring schools.

Administrative / Bureaucracy

The sport centre can receive the data of the participants through their Online form or directly at the secretariate.
Data needed to be collected:

  • the medical certificates from all the participants;
  • the authorization from the parents to take videos and photos;
  • all the declarations from the parents due to Covid-emergency (until necessary).

Communication with participants

Communication with the families can be done through different channels:

  • Online: using the website of the sport centre;
  • In person: every day at the sports centre and organizing specific opening days to try out the activity;
  • By social media: Facebook and Instagram channels;
  • By email: using the user mail list.

Communication with stakeholders and media

The stakeholders involved will be:

  • The Sport Centres hosting the activity:
  • The University of PE;
  • The schools around the sport centre;
  • The local family associations.


The evaluation can be conducted in different ways:

  • Daily feedback from the children at the end of the activities;
  • Daily (informal) discussion with the parents at the end of the day;
  • Satisfaction questionnaire for children at the end of the course;
  • Online questionnaire for parents after the first part of the program and at the end of the course.

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