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28th Jul, 2021

Solihull martial arts teacher goes online to help focus children's minds for home learning

Sarah Mason 29th Jan, 2021

A SOLIHULL gym owner is getting primary school children moving during lockdown with virtual PE lessons after he was forced to shut up shop once again.

Paul Gilmore gets youngsters up off the sofa with virtual activities including skipping, jumping and a number of games in a bid to improve children’s focus ahead of a day of home learning.

The father of two said he felt down in the dumps when he found out he would have to close the doors to his Solihull gym once again and wanted to turn the negative into a positive.

Normally his gym, Combat Sports Centre in Solihull would be filled with children and adults taking part in a number of martial arts and yoga classes.

So he started to do a morning work out at 8.30am for the children who take classes at his Vulcan Road gym on Zoom earlier this month.

He then took the plunge and started to live stream the sessions, with the help of his sidekick chick, on You Tube and uploading them so children can take part at any time.

The former primary school teacher said: “It is more important with this lockdown to keep moving – there are fewer options for people to do outside as the weather has turned colder so this is a good way to get moving.”

He said a number of Primary and Secondary schools are logging in and using it as part of the day for the critical and vulnerable children attending.

For more or to get involved in the online lessons visit you tube and search for Combat Sports Centre.

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