The ROC and the Children’s Sport Foundation held an educational session Active Curator-2015 in Sochi

A visiting educational session was held by the Children’s Sport Foundation and the  Russian Olympic Committee under the auspices of the programme “Active Children – Olympic Hope”. This session was meant for the teachers of physical education supervising the Programme in their cities and regions of Russia. The session called “Active curator – 2015” was held in the capital of the XXII Winter Olympic Games, Sochi.

During the three-day session 20 teachers of physical education from 7 regions of Russia have gained the necessary knowledge and skills on how to motivate modern children to lead an active lifestyle and how to bring the parents and colleagues on side in order to shape proper culture in their schools.

Practical lessons included workshops on how to work with the tools of the programme “Active Children – Olympic Hope” and coaching sessions on goal setting, the art of persuasion and overcoming objections.

“I received a huge amount of useful information. I want to return to my school, to apply the new knowledge and skills in practice,”- Karl Shahbagov,  a physical education teacher from Voronezh shared his impressions of the educational session in Sochi.

Apart from the the training workshops, a big open-air programme was staged for the participants. On the first day a bike ride along the Olympic Park took place. The participants of the bike ride visited   the   dancing fountains show and had their pictures taken in front of the famous Olympic venues.

On the next day ‘active curators’ visited Skaypark located in the Mzymta River valley, where they had a walk along the world’s longest suspension bridge with magnificent panoramic views of the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea coast. Six of the most courageous physical education teachers jumped from the heights of 207 and 69 meters attached to an elastic rope, joined the ranks of the bungee jumping fans.

On the final day the trip participants took to the open sea to fight for the sailing regatta champion’s title. Following the results of the competition the winners received medals and souvenirs.

At the end of the visiting session a round table session was held where ‘active curators’ could share their experiences and discuss the implementation of the programme in their regions. Alexey Pakhalenko, Head of the Sector for Cooperation with Olympic Councils of the ROC, addressed the session.

“On behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee, I would like to once again thank all PE teachers, who became curators of the Programme “Active Children – Olympic Hope”. The problem of children’s physical inactivity really is quite acute and the government recognizes this. The Children’s Sport Foundation Program is innovative and comprehensive, so we are sure of its efficiency and ready to fully support active curators in their professional activities,”- said Pakhalenko.

According to President of the Children’s Sport Foundation Timur Mantashev, the Program “Active Children – Olympic Hope” will recapture the students’ interest in the PE lessons.

“At the moment, PE lessons are viewed as the periphery of the educational process. Parents consider this subject optional and by the fifth grade children lose all interest in it. Active curators’ purpose within the programme is to change attitudes towards the Physical Education subject, create active environment at schools and promote the active school model. Today any school can become a member of our Programme and it is absolutely free. One should register on the website “School Health Index” at ИЗШ.РФ, pass a test and follow instructions,” – said Mantashev.

“Active Children – Olympic Hope” is a joint programme of the Children’s Sports Foundation and the Russian Olympic Committee, which was   implemented in 2014. The programme is based on the results of studies, which have confirmed that physical activity has a direct impact on the children’s future success, allowing them to fully develop their physical, emotional, social and creative potential. By now more than 20,000 people from 17 cities in Russia have become participants of the Program.