The children’s sprint facility is designed to improve the physical fitness of elementary school students.

Frank Richter can demonstrate with numbers how children lost fitness and mobility during the Corona period. Because the values ​​have deteriorated notably in the children’s sprint. In the standard distance of 16 meters, elementary school students in the Leipzig region have slowed down by an average of 1.5 seconds since the start of the pandemic.

Five Grimma primary schools are on board

Richter belongs to the Leipzig Expika Association and arrived at the Wilhelm Ostwald elementary school in Grimma on Wednesday. Here she explains how to use the children’s sprint facility to teachers at five primary schools. And with good reason. The association makes one of its devices available to schools in Grimma-Süd, Mutzschen, Hohnstädt, Großbothen and Zschoppach free of charge for one year. This is made possible by a donation of €2,000 from Muldentaler Sparkassenstiftung.

The Expika association was founded during the Corona period

Ten years ago, Leipzig-based Expika Sport und Event GmbH started offering sprint races for children to create a special incentive for exercise. Meanwhile, the association founded during the Corona period has taken over the management of the popular sporting event. However, the people of Expika were unable to go through the gyms for two years due to corona restrictions. According to Richter, the next general competition will probably not be possible again until 2023.

With the financial support of the Sparkassenstiftung Muldental, several primary schools in Muldental have a mobile sprint system for children for one year free of charge. Expika man Frank Richter explains the handling here.
Source: Thomas Kube

Performance can be compared for weeks.

So the association is now making a virtue of necessity and making facilities available, one of which will make the rounds of the primary schools in Grimma. The running track is dotted with light barrier technology. Not only the completion time is measured, but also the responsiveness, acceleration and scrolling ability. Results can be documented using process cards, which each child can use to compare her performance over a period of weeks. In this way, the physical education teacher can respond to the strengths and weaknesses of each student, Richter explained. According to Expika, frequent use of the system promotes sports ambition and cognitive abilities in primary school students. Above all, it’s about having fun while exercising.

First test at the primary school in Grimma-Süd

The ability to react is required from the beginning, because the green traffic light randomly indicates the path to the right or to the left. During Wednesday’s test in the Ostwald School gym, Saba was applauded by the computer for reacting faster than a second. The fourth grader ran the race in a good 6.07 seconds. After a straight section, he goes back after the turning point of the slalom. Her classmate Zoe is also pleased with her 6.6 seconds.

With the financial support of the Sparkassenstiftung Muldental, several primary schools in Muldental have a mobile sprint system for children for one year free of charge. Here at the test at the Grimma-Süd school.
Source: Thomas Kube

The system for children’s sprints can be used in many ways

The installation, which costs 8,000 euros, can be assembled in three or four minutes, Richter explained and recommended that it be used not only in physical education classes, but also during active breaks or in kindergarten or at a school. festival. There are no limits to ideas. For example, you could equip the course with benches or go through it with a ball. In addition to the children’s sprint, teachers can also select the ten-second run over five or more than ten meters as a program. “It’s about the sense of time,” explained the man from Expika.

A copy study demonstrates the effects of the corona pandemic

The association refers to the so-called Copsy study, which shows the importance of exercise and nutrition in kindergartens and primary schools. Corona has made the situation much worse. The study showed that media consumption among children and young people increased by almost 70 percent during the pandemic. 19.3 percent did not play sports, 26.3 percent would eat something or a lot more sweets.

Savings bank board member Stefan Müller (centre) hands over a sports badge certificate to athletics coach Jens Wetzig from SV Großbardau, who organizes all-day offers in schools in this regard.
Source: Thomas Kube

The school in Grimma ranks third in the sports badge competition

With the installation of sprint for children, at least some elementary schools in Grimma can now take countermeasures. There was more good news on Wednesday. The Ostwald School took third place in Germany in the sports badge competition for “sports performance”. Stefan Müller, member of the Sparkasse Muldental board of directors, presented the certificate and announced that 1000 euros are hanging on the bronze spot. He represented the Sparkassenstiftung, which supports various projects each year with the proceeds from its base of three million euros. In the sports badge competition, each elementary school boy completed five disciplines.

By Frank Prenzel

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