Developing Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) is key to helping nurture a child’s physical development.

Physical development and movement is about experiencing and developing a range of fundamental core skills that will improve co-ordination, locomotion, control, balance, and manipulation. In addition, physical development helps children gain confidence and self-esteem and enables them to feel the benefits of being healthy and active. 

Fundamental Movement Skills are essential building blocks to a child’s long-term athletic development.  By enabling children to gain the necessary skills, we open up a broad spectrum of sports to which each child would be confident and have the qualities to participate in.  

The mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills enables physical literacy and permits a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations.

Fundamental Movement Skills sessions are developed in order to include all levels of ability, making them accessible to every child that takes part and ensuring that everyone has fun while learning.

Sessions can be provided for

Foundation Stage: Primary years 1 and 2

Key Stage 1: Primary years 3 and 4

Key Stage 2: Primary year 5 to 7

7 Fundamental Movement Skills







Agility, Balance and Co ordination

Each session would reflect the physical capabilities and development needs of each year group and the curriculum requirements of each key stage.

You can’t be a good footballer and average at everything else. Running, jumping, throwing, catching and general skills that you put little thought into all add up when you take to the field. Coordination and balance are vital tools to possess in most sports and these skills should, sometimes unknowingly, be ingrained into us at an early age.
— Michael Owen

Once a child begins to grasp the fundamental movement skills they need to give them a firm foundation in sport, we begin to move them towards Sports Specific Skills (SSS).  These are more advanced motor skills that are needed to engage in sporting activities.  By learning the fundamental movement skills each child is equipped with core skills and can begin to adapt those basics into more complex movements needed for a particular sport.

Having already mastered the foundation of movement, SSS provides children with confidence as they grow in sport and gives them an understanding of their bodies in order to build good techniques and prevent injury.