Welsh school invests in health with new edtech

Bishop Hedley High School has partnered with app myphizz to inspire kids to get active

myphizz, specialist edtech platform created to support childrens’ health and wellbeing, has partnered with Welsh institution Bishop Hedley High School. 

The app, which launched in September 2021, is designed to engage pupils in a more active lifestyle. Using a live leaderboard, children are able to set ‘phizz’ challenges in and out of the classroom, comparing results across their school and even nationally. 

The app comes at a time when physical activity in children is at a low point; the pandemic served to dramatically decrease levels of exercise, with more than 31% of children undertaking less than 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Adrian Davies, a teacher at Bishop Hedley High School leading the introduction of myphizz commented: “After spending almost two years in a home learning environment, many of our pupils increased the time they spent being static and we wanted to find a new way to get them moving. In secondary schools we need to be innovative to encourage pupils to engage and take part in group challenges. As myphizz is accessed directly from a PC or device, it has proved to be a great tactic to drive engagement with PE via a channel they are comfortable with. 

“We have already seen pupils engaging with ‘phizzes’ which are fitness challenges set from the app and have even noticed pupils starting to set their own challenges. Young people are very competitive, especially with teachers, and having phizzes set by teachers is a great way to get pupils motivated to exercise.” 

Anthony McBride, co-founder of myphizz, said: “By drawing on the expertise of schools, myphizz has been built to give pupils control over their own physical activity, whilst  contributing towards the national curriculum’s physical education objectives. We’re absolutely thrilled that Bishop Hedley is seeing the benefits first hand of myphizz. With schools still being impacted by the pandemic and children potentially missing out on physical activity whilst isolating at home, myphizz provides a way for schools to continue communicating and engaging pupils in exercise whilst not in a school setting.” 

Endorsed by The World Championship gold medallist and former World Junior Champion, Adam Gemili, myphizz was created by a group of four former teachers who wanted to encourage children to engage in a more active, healthier and happier lifestyle. The technology, which runs through secure schools networks, is only visible to school communities and can be accessed via PC, tablets or mobile phones. 

Over the next five years, myphizz hopes to have signed up 700 schools and solidify the link between elite sporting organisations and schools, to scout the next generation of talented athletes, as well as make a positive impact on the lives of young people across the UK.

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