What is Mini Mermaids?
Mini Mermaids is a six-week discovery of movement and exposure to sport when girls are in Primary School. Throughout 12 sessions, female volunteer coaches lead small groups through fitness, nutrition and self-development.
MMRC UK was established in October 2015 and aims to increase physical activity in girls between seven and 11 years.
It also seeks to enhance girls' confidence and self-belief.
This is a twice-weekly after-school club lasting six weeks.
At the end of the 6 weeks, the girls take part in a 5km challenge where they can run, dance, hop, skip sing their way around.
It uses an innovative blend of journal work and group discussions alongside 30/45 minutes of physical activity.
Each programme involves approximately 10 girls and utilises two coaches who follow a curriculum that has been written with child psychologists, fitness specialists and parents.
In 2016 Dr Nicola Eccles, Director of Research at CP Active Limited and Research Associate at the University of Huddersfield produced an Impact Rport on the Mini Mermaids programme.
Trustee Suzanne Tomlinson with a Mini Mermaids group
The research that took place between January and July 2016 clearly demonstrated that MMRC UK is a transparent and responsive programme which produces a unique experience for girls.
How do I get involved?
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal programmes are available to schools in any area we operate in the North and the Midlands. We anticipate high levels of demand and will hold a waiting list for eligible schools. Schools in areas of deprivation will be given a higher priority. Delivery is dependent on capacity and resource in the area.
To register your interest or to find out more, please contact Hannah Corne
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