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Dubai Students Join Functional Movement Revolution

by Eddie Rayner

Fairgreen International School is the first school in Dubai to introduce a revolutionary, data-driven Functional Movement Physical Education Programme, a movement screening and remediation system to promote optimal physical wellbeing for its students. Fairgreen is launching this in Dubai for September 2021 through a newly minted partnership with Functional Movement Systems UK (FMS UK), leaders in providing neuro-developmental sequencing to perfect functional movement in elite athletes, including those playing in Premier League football and the NBA, military personnel, and students.

Built specifically for schools to enable physical education teachers to screen students for movement efficiency to ensure they have a good foundation of movement quality, the Movement Patterns programme is a tool used to identify and mitigate poorly developed or maintained movement patterns among all PE students, which potentially make gross motor skills or specific sports skills difficult. Using cutting-edge software, the programme provides specific remediation plans to help these students retrain the body and, importantly, the brain to improve movement efficiency and re-establish sound movement patterns.


Fairgreen International School is the first to introduce the groundbreaking Functional Movement initiative used by Premier League football and NBA athletes


Fairgreen will pilot the Movement Patterns programme among students in Grades 3-5, eventually rolling it out to all students in Grades 3-12. The programme will provide these students with a personalised development pathway that supports balance, mobility and postural control.

“By developing correct movement habits in their formative years, students will have a more positive association with physical activity, which improves self-confidence and ultimately sets them on a more active path for the rest of their lives,” says Daniel Walker, Fairgreen Athletic Director. “At Fairgreen, student wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. By working with the FMS UK team and their fantastic screening programme, we will be better able to support our students’ physical wellbeing and prepare them to move more regularly with confidence. Our students will develop a legacy of physical wellbeing that will have a long-term positive impact on their lives.”


The programme will provide these students with a personalised development pathway that supports balance, mobility and postural control.


Peter Bowler, CEO, FMS UK, comments: “Fairgreen International School is progressive and forward-thinking, hence a perfect partner for FMS UK. By signing on as the first school in Dubai to incorporate functional movement technology to support their students, Fairgreen shows sincere investment in the FMS UK mission to support children to develop good movement habits that will benefit them for life.”

To learn more about Fairgreen International School, visit https://www.fairgreen.ae/
To learn more about FMS UK, visit https://functionalmovement.uk.com/fms-schools