My Personal Best

“It doesn't seem right that we regularly measure numeracy and literacy skills in schoolchildren but we don't regularly measure something that could potentially kill them!

This has to change if we're to curve the alarming rates of inactivity in our children.”

Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew


Scalable and Ethical Fitness Measurement for Schools

With English children’s fitness levels on a downward spiral (declining at a rate of 0.95%  annually), Premier Sport have developed a brand new fitness measurement initiative, supported by the ukactive Research Institute, to help combat this issue.

The programme was developed in 2014 in partnership with the ukactive research institute to answer some fundamental questions about the feasibility and scalability of a national fitness measurement programme in schools.

Over 400 children took part in the pilot programme in the North West and the results of the pilot have helped us to evidence the impact of physical inactivity in young people. And more importantly identify those children that need more support and put in place interventions that are appropriate.

Case Study- Islington & Camden Leading the Way...

In partnership with Public Health Islington and Public Health Camden ‘My Personal Best Challenge’ was launched at a North London school by Premier Sport and ukactive, accompanied by Duncan Goodhew MBE and GB athletes Romaine Bailey and Lee Shinkin.

Schools in Islington and Camden were given the chance to sign up to the brand new initiative, which involves four bleep tests over the space of a year, which will help to identify when children are most inactive.

Dr Steven Mann, ukactive Research Director, who used the results of the previous pilot to produce an international research paper, had this to say about the initiative:

“It is fantastic to see the growth of the ‘My Personal Best’ initiative in action. The impact that the programme has had nationally is already a cause for celebration and the fact that schools in Camden and Islington will be able to engage with this model is a real plus to everyone in the Borough.”


“It doesn't seem right that we regularly measure numeracy and literacy skills in school but we don't regularly measure something that could potentially kill them!

This has to change if we're to curve the alarming rates of inactivity in our children.”

Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew


The pioneering research shows the ‘My Personal Best Challenge’ is a scalable and ethical Fitness measurement that helps to achieve more tailored intervention in children.


Of the primary schools which took part in the 'My Personal Best Challenge', as part of the research:

100% of schools want to do the scheme again

100% of parents wanted their children to take part

422 of the 423 children said they wanted to do it again


What Next?

If you’re a primary school and want to find out how your pupils can benefit from the groundbreaking ‘My Personal Best Challenge, simply complete the registration from below and we’ll be in touch.

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