Everton stars Michael Keane and Beni Beningime showed off their dance moves recently when they visited St Aloysius Primary School to give their backing to the BBC and Premier League initiative, Super Movers.
Super Movers is designed to help primary school teachers inspire children to become more active throughout their school day - and the Blues duo were on hand to help a class of Year 5 pupils enhance their learning when they interrupted their PE lesson halfway through!
Once the children had got over their initial shock, the class was then split into two large circles with one player joining each group. The pupils then took it in turns to go around the circle and show of their own ‘Super Move’ before challenging Keane and Beningime to show off their own techniques.
Fresh from signing a new long-term contract with the Toffees, 19-year-old Beningime wasted no time in teaching some new routines to the enthralled youngsters whilst Blues defender Keane impressed when showing off his own moves.
Speaking after the Super Movers session, England international Keane said: “I think it’s a really good initiative and a great way to get kids active and learning. Beni and I have had a great laugh with all the children and got really into it ourselves as well. Not everyone finds it easy to learn from books but Super Movers means you can learn things like times tables and percentages whilst dancing at the same time and being active.”
Academy graduate Beningime added: “It’s great to see the kids having so much fun. When I was the same age as these children I was always outside playing football but it’s a different generation to mine because now children spend a lot of time indoors on their computers. But Super Movers is a great way to encourage kids to get moving more.”
Super Movers brings stars from the worlds of football, music and television together in fun, free and easy-to-follow educational videos which will capture children’s imaginations and help teachers to get them moving throughout the day with a series of routines and activities.
Everton in the Community delivers the Super Movers activity in schools across Liverpool as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme. Physical activity can positively impact educational outcomes with improvements in pupils’ concentration, motivation and enjoyment of learning.