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Children Young people Improving Physical Ability

Focus on Fundamental Movement Skills

UK Coaching Senior Coach Developer Marianne Davies explains why fundamental movement skills are so important

The young of all animal species learn to move with great skill in ways that they need to, in order to survive and thrive.

Young humans, like all other living and moving animals, have evolved to learn to move in ways that are most adaptive for our species. These basic movement skills are called ‘fundamental movement skills’ because they are vital for the development of more complex and sport specific skills.

If you watch puppies, kittens or young children playing together you will notice that they are practicing a rich variety of movement skills. These are all mixed together with passion, energy, intention and purpose.

Most children manage to learn fundamental movement skills through unstructured play and with very little intervention from parents, teachers or coaches. Children who are good movers have better outcomes. These outcomes are not just in sport but also academic, social, health and well-being.

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