Trinity College Dublin Validates Zoom Boom Kids Programme

TCD logo stacked (1)We are delighted to announce that Trinity College Dublin has published their report citing many positive benefits for children undertaking our Zoom Boom Club programme.

The Programme

Through March and April the wonderful pupils, teachers and parent in Milltown National School, Milltown, Co. Cavan, undertook the 6-week Zoom Boom Club programme. 54 pupils from 3rd to 6th class enjoyed 6 weeks of specially created PE classes that were designed to improve many areas of their physical functioning, including balance, flexibility and coordination.

In addition to the classes, pupil’s had physical exercise homework to do after school. Pupils tracked their minutes on their individual trackers and each class kept a running total for the 6 weeks. Reward stickers were used to encourage and motivate pupils.

The Research

Dr Catherine Comiskey, Dr Emma Murphy and their team from the School of Nursing and Midwifery in TCD carried out their research before and after the club ran. They used two tools: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Childhood Development Initiative’s Healthy School Programme (Comiskey et al. 2012) and the Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) Study (Woods C.B. et al. 2010).

The research was rolled out as self-reporting questionnaires among the pupils. Questions focused on type and level of exercise, nutrition, energy levels, perception of exercise and a number of demographic issues. With the assistance of research students, every child was questioned before and after the programme.

Two focus groups were also conducted among parents and teachers after the programme.

In addition to the questionnaire Zoom Boom Kids staff also carried out fitness testing with the pupils. Specially designed exercises and tasks were conducted to measure a number of factors including strength, coordination, balance and flexibility.

The Results

ZBK % skills chart

 

An increase was also seen in the number indicating that they had been very active or active all the time in the week preceding follow-up, an increase in the number of participants who said they enjoyed exercise ‘a lot’ and an increase in the number doing physical activity for more than two hours on a week day and over the weekend.

 

 

Importantly, an increase was seen in the number meeting the recommendation of 60 minutes of activity each day. When looking at extra-school activity, there was an increase in the number of participants going to a sports club or ground at least two days a week at follow-up.

 

 

Quote taken from TCD’s Executive Summary

Key results show:

  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 26% of pupils met the required 60 minutes a day exercise quota. After the programme this had increased to 43%
  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 38% of pupils cited that their health was ‘excellent’. After the programme this had increased to 47%
  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 87% of pupils said they enjoyed exercise ‘a lot’. After the programme this had increased to 96%
  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 36% of pupils complete 2 or more hours of exercise on an average weekday. After the programme this had increased to 63%
  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 16% of pupils complete 2 or more hours of exercise on an average weekend day. After the programme this had increased to 44%
  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 20% of pupils exercised at a sports club 2-3 times a week. After the programme this had increased to 34%.
  • Before the Zoom Boom Kids programme, 22% of pupils exercised at a sports ground or leisure centre 2-3 times a week. After the programme this had increased to 39%.

Sincere thanks to Dr Catherine Comisky, Dr Emma Murphy and their team; to Cavan Local Enterprize Office; and to the parents, staff and pupils of Milltown National School.

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