A study undertaken by a team at Coventry University has found that the BWF Shuttle Time programme for schoolchildren is superior to the UK’s regular national curriculum on Physical Education classes in terms of improving Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) which is a key indicator of overall fitness.
The study, undertaken by Michael J Duncan, and colleagues from Coventry University, was conducted on 158 children (83 boys and 75 girls) aged 6-9 years from two primary schools over a 10-week period. The children were divided into three batches; one batch underwent Shuttle Time training twice a week, another group once a week, while a third group continued their regular twice-a-week PE classes which consisted of one weekly session focused on cricket and the other on hockey and basketball.
The study was titled ‘Dose Response Effects of the BWF Shuttle Time Programme on Children’s Fundamental Movement Skills, Motor Fitness and Physical Activity’ and funded by the BWF Sport Science programme.
Tests on FMS (locomotor and object control skills), perceived FMS and motor fitness were assessed before, immediately after and 10 weeks after the Shuttle Time intervention.
The researchers filmed the children and analysed how competent they were in their FMS, and asked the children to self-assess how well they thought they could perform different movement patterns. The time taken to sprint 10 metres, distance jumped in a standing long jump and how far the children could chest pass a 1kg medicine ball whilst seated were also measured and taken as indicators of motor fitness. Collectively, these assessments provided information on the children’s movement quality and quantity.