Jersey Sport was formed as the independent body for the development of sport and active living in Jersey, in June 2017 – as an arms-length organisation supported by the Government of Jersey. We are also a registered charity.
Jersey Sport’s key priority is to support the development of sport in Jersey, and to encourage islanders to play, support, volunteer and coach in sport.
Move More Jersey, created by Jersey Sport in May 2019, is a key strategic theme in the Inspiring an Active Jersey Strategy to improve mental and physical health.
Improving mental and physical health through physical activity is a key priority for the Government of Jersey, and so Move More Jersey aims to encourage more islanders to be more active, more often.
Move More Referral is a 12-week programme of exercise for people in Jersey. It’s for Islanders aged 16 or over with, or at risk of, certain medical conditions or pre/post surgery and is run by specially-trained fitness instructors.
Participants must be referred by either a doctor or a health care professional to get a place on the scheme.
We work with primary and secondary school pupils and teachers in Jersey to deliver best practice in physical education. We help develop and assess the physical literacy levels of thousands of children every year. In the same way a child learns to speak by interacting with their parents from an early age, the same is true of learning to move with confidence.
Our physical literacy programmes allow us to measure children in a range of ways and we use this to track their progress and provide targeted activities to help them develop their skills. These activities include PE lessons, activity clubs and school sports festivals. We know that high-quality school sport leads to a lifelong love of sport.
In November 2018 we announced children in Jersey with Special Educational Needs (SEN) would benefit from extra opportunities to participate in sport and get active, thanks to £20,000 of funding from the Sir James Knott Trust. The sponsorship means Jersey Sport can provide a specific “Support for Physical Learning” coach in the island, focussing on students who require additional provision for their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. The sessions are delivered through the principles of martial arts with relaxation techniques, breathing and behaviour management all taught.
Swimming is a life skill that is important to have in an island such as Jersey, where you’re never far away from the beach, a swimming pool or a reservoir. Jersey Sport delivers swimming lessons to primary school children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7 to 11 years old). Our qualified instructors provide a minimum of 10 lessons to pupils in Year 4 and 5, from more than 20 schools. These lessons are designed to get children confident and competent in the water, using a range of different skills.
All Year 5 pupils in Jersey schools are also offered free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions as part of the Swim Safe campaign.