Impacts & Effects

Both internal and external evaluations of Gladiator Education programs have documented the following impact:

 

  • Increased levels of physical activity

  • Girls are more engaged with physical activity

  • Better self-esteem, cooperation and improved teamwork

  • Improved behaviour

  • Positive physical activity experiences contribute to the process of social inclusion bringing children from various social and economic backgrounds together

  • Indications of improved academic performance - language,
    literacy and numeracy

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of environmental issues

  • Improved knowledge and understanding of health issues

“Our staff are all very positive and use Aball1 as often as possible. It is great to see how the struggling children experience a real sense of achivement and had some great moments. After 3 years we still use the concept, and we are very happy with the results. More physical activity, more fun and varied learning, and not least important from my point of view, a great way of training social skills”.

Kari Morthov Trønnes, Groruddalen School, Norway

Case Studies

The Norwegian Football Federation and Sparebank
DNB Foundation

A partnership between Gladiator Education, the Norwegian Football Federation and Sparebank DNB Foundation for the nationwide delivery of Aball1  equipment, resources and training

Where:

415 primary and lower secondary schools in Norway

 

Goals:

Increase physical activity

Improve social inclusion

Improve/maintain numeracy & literacy

Develop social and life skills

 

Number of children reached:

12,000+

Gladiator Education Deliverables:

Consultancy/Planning

Aball1 equipment

Aball1 resources

Delivery of Aball1 sessions

Teacher and coach training

Evaluation

Impact:

Results from the first 143 schools to take part in the project have been remarkable. 96% of teachers reported that the project  has had a positive effect on numeracy levels, while 91% noted that it has had a positive impact on literacy levels. It doesn't stop there. A massive 99% reported increased physical activity levels while 97% agreed that Aball1 has a positive impact on the social environment.
Project ongoing. 

Awards

Right to Play and Aball1
for young refugees

The aim of the project was to give children and young people in 10 reception center for unaccompanied minors a better platform for communication and interaction within the receptacle and in the community . Give residents a better life with less conflicts internally reception. Contribute to children and young people would feel more accepted as part of the community the community and make it easier for them to take part in sporting and cultural initiatives.

Where:

Asylum and Refugee Centres in Norway

 

Goals:

Social Learning: developing a better platform for communication and interaction

Handling conflict/confrontation: developing skills for a better everyday life

Social Inclusion: a greater feeling of acceptance so participants are more likely to take part in sports and cultural initiatives

 

Number of children reached:

Approximately 750

Gladiator Education Deliverables:

Consultancy/Planning

Aball1 equipment

Aball1 resources

Delivery of Aball1 sessions

Impact:

Right to Play's impact report showed that Gladiator Education's Aball1 either met or exceeded expectations across the three goals, with the greatest impact on Goal 1: a better platform for communication and interaction. 

Where the activities were established and implemented regularly the project worked extremely well - success had close ties to the level of resident participation, how regularly they took part (weekly, fortnightly, monthly). 

The project created an environment where children could be active with others at the reception centers, clearly important for establishing contact and building relationships and friendships with others in the same situation, something the children who participated confirmed "we go there, we get together, we workout together and we have fun" (girl, 15), "the best thing is to be with friends, to play together" (girl, 9) and "it's good, you know. I go every day with my friends. We all go together and we play. The balls are cool as well" (girl, 10).

Gladiators for Good

UDI (Department for Immigration)

An award winning program aimed at providing a safe environment with social, academic, physcial development opportunities for children and youth asylum seekers and refugees, often affected by forced displacement and violence. Ongoing project since 2012.

Where:

In 53 asylum camps all over Norway

 

Goals:

Through the power of physical activity and play, our overall goal is to make sure the children have a positive experience, to help them recover from trauma, to develop important life and social skills - including language and numeracy, teamwork and communication skills - and to become agents of positive transformation in their communities empowering other children alike.

 

Number of children reached:

Approx 1,500 children per year

Gladiator Education Deliverables:

Consultancy/Planning

Aball1 equipment

Aball1 resources - including specially developed toolkits

Other sports equipment

Training - CPD

Coaching

Evaluation (measuring impact and effects)

Impact:

The project has seen positive and continued impact over the years. The program has either met or exceded expectations across developing social learning, social inclusion, language and increasing participation in physical activity. Additional learning outcomes include developing an understanding local culture and values to support integration. 

4H, Loop, Elopak

A series of physically active and fun games to teach children about recycling and the enviroment. Supported by a Mobile App game for continued play and learning.

Where:

4H clubs all over Norway

 

Goals:

Every child in 4H clubs should understand the importance of recycling,
what to recycle and where

Every child in 4H clubs should know how to take care of the environment

 

Number of children reached:

Approx 2000

Gladiator Education Deliverables:

Aksjon Fraksjon (Sort it Out) the game

Aksjon Fraksjon (Sort it Out) App for Iphone and Android

Program delivery, working with children at every 4H club in Norway

Training and teaching resources

Impact:

Approximately 2,000 children and youth learned about the environment and recycling. Children were able to identify different types of waste - glass, paper, and cardboard, metal, plastic, tires, textiles, electronics, biodegradeable and garden waste - and the specific locations and processes where they live. Participants were also taught how to coach an Aksjon Fraksjon session to ensure learning would be continued and embeded. Aksjon Fraksjon addresses  important issues in a fun, colloborative and physically active way.

Aball1 for girls

LAMS

Aball1 equipment and resources to girls 

Where:

Faisalabad, Pakistan

 

Goals:

The primary objective was to use Aball1 to teach english language for young Pakistani girls in an active way

Improve literacy and language levels

Increase physical activity

Develop teamwork skills

 

Number of children reached:

1200 girls over 4 years

Gladiator Education Deliverables:

Aball1 equipment 

Aball1 resources - Literacy, Language and Numeracy

Staff training - CPD

Ongoing support

Impact:

With the program now in it's 5th academic year, evaluations have reported improved written and spoken English, increased levels of physical activity, better self-esteem and more fun! Ongoing.

The Kiwi Project

Kiwi (supermarket chain in Denmark and Norway), Vålerenga, Stabekk, Tromsø, Haugesund and Strømsgodset Football Clubs

Delivering Aball1 equipment and courses together with Tippeligaen (Norwegian Premier League) 1st team players in their local area at 70 schools

Where:

Norway, nationwide

 

Goals:

To engage more children with physical activity

Improve social inclusion and teamwork skills

To make maths and literacy fun

Develop a strong community initiative for Tippeligaen Football Clubs - Vålerenga, Stabekk, Tromsø, Haugesund and Strømsgodset

Serve fruit and healthy snacks provided by Kiwi

 

Number of children reached:

2,500 over the project culminating in halo Aball1 event for 535 students and 35 coaches at Marienlyst Stadion in Drammen 

Gladiator Education Deliverables:

Aball1 equipment - 1 set per school

Aball1 resources - Literacy, Language, Numeracy, Health Education

Planning, Staff training, coaching and reporting (measuring impact)

Deliver the basis for a succesful CSR program for Kiwi supermarkets

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