Jersey Sport was formed as the independent body for the development of sport and active living in Jersey in June 2017, as an arms-length organisation supported by the Government of Jersey. Its remit is to champion the cause of sport and active living in the island, working to support the development of physical literacy and encourage islanders to be more active.
We support clubs, associations and other sporting bodies, offering guidance in the development of their organisations. We recognise and celebrate well-run groups which demonstrate a commitment to good governance and safeguarding.
Jersey Sport is also responsible for the management and distribution of the Government of Jersey Travel Grants funding. It backs the island’s sportsmen and women, enabling them to compete in events and training camps at a higher level.
The Move More Jersey initiative was created by Jersey Sport in May 2019.
Improving mental and physical health through physical activity is a key priority for the Government of Jersey and so Move More Jersey aims to encourage more islanders to be more active, more often.
Our qualified coaches run a huge variety of after-school and holiday-time activities, with the focus on getting children active while having fun. From wall climbing to badminton, from boxing to swimming, we run courses at sports centres right across the island. Some of our sessions give children the chance to try something new, while others offer them the opportunity to develop their skills further.
You might also see our coaches out and about with our incredible inflatable football park, or running community programmes in partnership with organisations such as the Government of Jersey Police. In 2018 we launched our Sportability sessions for children with disabilities and these continue weekly on Saturday mornings.
Our Appleby Active Adults programme, including our walking football sessions, gives over-18s the chance to take part in sport on a regular basis and meet new friends along the way.
Move More Referral is a 12-week programme of exercise for people in Jersey. It’s for Islanders aged 16 or over with, or at risk of, certain medical conditions or pre/post surgery and is run by specially-trained fitness instructors.
Participants must be referred by either a doctor or a health care professional to get a place on the scheme.
We work with primary and secondary school pupils and teachers in Jersey to deliver best practice in physical education. We help develop and assess the physical literacy levels of thousands of children every year. In the same way a child learns to speak by interacting with their parents from an early age, the same is true of learning to move with confidence.
Our physical literacy programmes allow us to measure children in a range of ways and we use this to track their progress and provide targeted activities to help them develop their skills. These activities include PE lessons, activity clubs and school sports festivals. We know that high-quality school sport leads to a lifelong love of sport.
In November 2018 we announced children in Jersey with Special Educational Needs (SEN) would benefit from extra opportunities to participate in sport and get active, thanks to £20,000 of funding from the Sir James Knott Trust. The sponsorship means Jersey Sport can provide a specific “Support for Physical Learning” coach in the island, focussing on students who require additional provision for their social, emotional and physical wellbeing. The sessions are delivered through the principles of martial arts with relaxation techniques, breathing and behaviour management all taught.
Swimming is a life skill that is important to have in an island such as Jersey, where you’re never far away from the beach, a swimming pool or a reservoir. Jersey Sport delivers swimming lessons to primary school children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7 to 11 years old). Our qualified instructors provide a minimum of 10 lessons to pupils in Year 4 and 5, from more than 20 schools. These lessons are designed to get children confident and competent in the water, using a range of different skills.
All Year 5 pupils in Jersey schools are also offered free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions as part of the Swim Safe campaign.