UK and Ireland

United Kingdom

Our Program

The Joy of moving programme was launched 5 years ago in partnership with the EFL Trust. In the UK, the programme is fully unbranded and its aim is to teach children how to enjoy moving through play, and help them develop positive habits for adulthood. The programme is run across the UK & Ireland with help from expert partners in the Scottish Professional Football League Trust and Football Association Ireland. We deliver two initiatives across schools: Move & Learn project and the Joy of moving Festivals.

The Move & Learn project aims to inspire 9-10 year olds to get physically active and enjoy movement. During the six weeks in school, children learn, through fun games inspired by the Joy of moving methodology, about the importance of physical activity and balanced diets based on the Eatwell Guide. The Joy of moving Festivals are easy, simple and fun games that help inspire children of all ages to develop life skills by learning through play. Taking place during the summer term in over 650 schools across the UK, the specially designed games and activities help children to develop skills including communication, empathy and team work. Each Community Club Organisation delivers either a half day or full day in schools for all year groups. The UK has helped to inspire a passionate approach to moving in over 318,000 children and delivered over one million hours in schools.

The Results


football clubs involved in 2018/2019


children moved in 2018/2019