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Change 4 Life Thurnby Lodge School


SSPAN Area:  East Leicester SSPAN


Aims of Programme:

  • To deliver 9 weeks of Change 4 Life ( C4L) coaching in school
  • To up skill the knowledge of school staff to deliver Change 4 Life activities
  • To set up a Change 4 Life Club at the end of the 9 weeks of coaching
  • To provide health and wellbeing

Overview of programme:

The school received free, 8 weeks of coaching in the ‘Adventure’ Change 4 Life theme equipment bag. The session ran from 8.30-9.30am on a Wednesday morning, a time and date chosen by the school. The aim of the session was to target those children who are currently disengaged in PE, have poor skill levels in PE and or have poor behavioural, SEN requirements. Coaching was delivered to a group size of around 12-15 children each week for 9 weeks. Sessions were delivered using Change 4 Life activities and over seen/ supported by a staff member at the school. The children also worked from Change 4 Life theory booklets throughout the 9 weeks to gain information on health and wellbeing.

At the end of the project the school were given Change 4 Life activity cards and £200 towards the development/ setting up of their own Change 4 life Club, an exit route to this project.


100% of the children questioned enjoyed the practical and theory activities. 90% of the children would carry on attending the Change 4 Life Club after the coaching finished.

Teachers at Thurnby Lodge said….

  • 65% of children who attended the sessions improved in behaviour/ listening skills.
  • ALL showed an improved attitude to PE
  • ALL showed an improved attitude overall
  • Slight improvement in knowledge of health and wellbeing
  • 40% of children showed an increase in self-confidence/ self-belief

The school targeted a few children whose punctuality to school was poor/ below average. The school noticed a great improvement in attendance and punctuality on the days of the Change 4 Life Club as the children attended from 8.30am to attend the Club.

The school noticed an improvement in social relationships between children, especially those who previously would have shown poor behaviour between each other.

The school staff involved felt confident in the setting up and delivery of C4L activities after the coaching stops.


Using the Change 4 Life booklets. They worked well if the booklets were used within lesson time, if sent home for homework they were often forgotten.


The session particularly worked well at the time of day it ran; the school linked the Change 4 Life sessions to their breakfast club which worked well at promoting healthy eating and linking the Change 4 Life national aims of eating well, and moving more.

A Change 4 Life Club will be running at the same time, starting after May half term.


Linsey Bradbury ( Leicester City SSPAN) – School Sport Development Officer –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stef Tattersall ( PE Coordinator) – Thurnby Lodge School - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.