‘move do’ is a mobile play and learning centre which visits schools and local communities around Stuttgart, Germany. By visiting the deprived neighbourhoods, the move do vehicle brings sports and recreational pursuits directly to problem areas. Through the use of sport as the motivating factor, young people are encouraged to take part.
The project was initiated in 2007 thanks to the support of the Laureus Foundation in Germany. Although a modern city, Stuttgart contains many areas with a high percentage of immigrants where there are problems with social integration, poor education, juvenile delinquency and a lack of community spirit.
Sport can often be more important to troubled adolescents than their homes or their schools. Physical activity, staged out of the classroom, is one of the few ways to reach these young people.
Over the course of a day at the project, groups are set different tasks and challenges to be solved, including activities with ropes and climbing equipment. From these tasks, the move do coaches are able to detect any social difficulties among the participants and can help to rectify this. It tackles social problems such as violence, non-integration and truancy in schools. Through the specific activities, they learn the benefits of teamwork and co-operation.
Teachers, whose pupils are involved in the project, have reported a much better attitude and improved behaviour in school, even during the early stages of the programme. To ensure these improvements are maintained and expanded upon, the move do vehicle continues to visit schools over an extended period.
In its first year, over 100 of these day visits took place, as well as some longer outdoor trips. Such trips included a four day hiking, climbing and canoeing expedition in the Black Forest for children from disadvantaged families.
Thanks to the project’s mobility and unique approach, the initiative is reaching larger numbers of adolescents and children than more traditional methods. The project is also extremely cost effective and efficient. Schools and organisations have shown considerable interest in the project and are keen to join the programme.