Over the summer we’ve teamed up with Activate Camps to produce various videos which can be used to promote active learning at your schools.

Anomaly had the pleasure to speak with Dom Taylor, Operations Manager at Active to see what he had to say.

Could you give us a bit of history about Activate?
“Activate started 11 years ago, we started as a very small company in Derbyshire. Since then we’ve grown and we’re now working with over 200 camps across the UK, we operate at over 50 different venues across the country. With some of our more high profile camps, we often have top professional sports players come down which is really good. We also specialise in several different areas of sports, for example, tennis, hockey, lacroix and so much more.”

What kind of work are you doing with schools already?
“We do a variety of different things with schools all over the country really. We have a good background of coaching and teaching schools so we can offer a solution to schools who may struggle with PE at their school. We work with over 300 coaches across the country so this allows us to pick the right staff to go into schools and offer support to teachers who made need it.”

What are the aims of Activate?
“In terms of our aims, our main aim is to get kids active. We try to inspire kids to get involved in sports by using top brands and sports personalities. For example, we’ve worked with Andrew Flintoff, Louis Smith and so many other high profile names. Inspiring kids with these top athletes, it normally encourages them to take sport more seriously.”

What are the future plans for Activate?
“We have some big plans, we’re always looking to expand our camps program. We’re always looking to expand that and make it more inclusive. We’re looking to increase the coaching awareness, so, for example, risk management, health and safety and more. We just want to keep going and keep providing a top quality service.”

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In this blog post Anomaly are focusing the exciting developments regarding Anomaly equipment and the Sport Premium. Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium and because of this we’re writing about all the ways you can utilise this in relation to Anomaly equipment. Keeping active and promoting healthy eating are always top priority at all schools in the UK, at Anomaly we understand the difficulties some schools may face. How to use the PE and sport premium Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. According to the government website, you should use the premium to make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. This could mean adding to the addition sports material you have in school or bringing in new equipment for pupils to enjoy. The website explains partially how you could use your funding, so for example you can use your funding to hire a qualified sports coach to work with teachers or provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively. How will Anomaly help? Anomaly is able to help with the sport premium in a number of ways. Instead of hiring someone to come into your school, you’re able to display interactive sports lessons on your Anomaly screens. We’ve been working really hard over the summer to organise partnerships with local organisations to provide some Sport Premium content for our screens in September. The content will feature top professionals demonstrating how to perform different sports activities. The content will be easy for anyone to follow along with regardless of skill level. In addition to the pre-existing content we have on our screens, schools can also request new content to meet their needs. So for example if you think we should have some more content related to a certain sport, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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With the Olympics in full flow, why not embrace digital at your school? The Olympics have just started and we’ve been looking at how schools can embrace both the Olympics and Anomaly equipment over summer. In this blog post we’re taking a look at active learning in schools and how schools can use the event to improve activity levels. But how can you use the upcoming tournament to teach key subjects at your school? Encourage active learning  Encouraging active learning is something we always promote at Anomaly. With every blog post related to keeping healthy we try to suggest to our schools what they can do to ensure they’re promoting an active environment. With the Olympics starting over the weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the positive impact that exercise can have in school in relation to utilising Anomaly equipment. It’s important to encourage active learning all year round, especially with the announcement of more funding being allocated in relation to the sports premium for schools. According to the department of education website, with the sports premium, schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil. For an average sized school with 200 pupils, the school will receive around £9,000. Why not use Anomaly equipment to put your additional sport premium to good use to improve the quality of PE? We have a lot of sports content on our screens which can be used to improve the existing sports equipment at your school. Below you’ll find an example to some of the content that is displayed on our screens which aims to improve activities levels of students in the playground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VAvut42bNE As well the content from UK Sports Coaching, we have vast amounts of sports related videos for our schools to enjoy. If you can’t find something that suits your needs, please do not hesitate to give us a call and request some different content. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Following the successful provision of unique external Anomaly Screens for thousands of schools in the UK, Anomaly has expanded to a brand new division. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the work we’ve done with a construction industry leader. We’ve worked very closely with Willmott Dixon for the past couple of months to completely transform several of their sites all over the country. Read in detail about the Anomaly Hi-Vis service and how it can improve on-site health and safety. Anomaly Hi-Vis is a flexible digital signage solution which allows you to communicate instantly with your entire workforce and general public with the use of indoor and outdoor screens. After noticing the work that we did at Anomaly Hi-Vis, construction leaders Willmott Dixon were keen to get involved. We have installed our system on a number of Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing projects across the country. Willmott Dixon hi-vis We pride ourselves on the fact that we can deliver a high quality service to the best in the business. Having worked with Wilmott Dixon for a number of months it soon became apparent how much Anomaly Hi-Vis was helping. Since installing Anomaly Hi-Vis on their sites, attitude towards health and safety has improved and since we have installed our system on a number of Willmott Dixon Construction and Housing projects all over the UK. An Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon said: “This truly is a great way of delivering quick and accurate information to the workforce and the general public using state of the art technology. Aside from publishing general project information to the public and health, safety and welfare information to our operatives, we are able to publish weather alerts and daily site traffic movements etc, instantly to all concerned. Having this kit installed has made communication easier and quicker.” To read more and discover Anomaly Hi-Vis you can do so by clicking here. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Following the successful provision of unique external Anomaly Screens for thousands of schools in the UK and changing several construction market leaders, we’re now taking a look at a preexisting division at Anomaly. In this blog post, we’re looking at Anomaly Film and the work we will be carrying out over the next couple of weeks. Our approach has changed, we’ve come up with a new solution which aims to improve film studies in schools and introduce a new digital alternative. Creating film is very popular with a lot of our schools. Anomaly Film offers a complete film kit for schools. Anomaly Film is a film kit which embraces the use of green screen technology. Over the next couple of weeks we’re revamping our support material in addition to creating a brand new website. Anomaly Film YouTube channel  changing anomaly film Over the summer we’ve been looking at some of the challenges that face schools when using digital technology in schools. Over the summer we’ve created a number of videos for our schools to enjoy. These videos are all tutorials which should help schools make the most out of their digital technology. You can expect to see these videos at the back end of August, just before schools go back. From that point, videos will roll out monthly. In addition to these videos, we’re always happy to help with any problems or queries you may have about the Anomaly system so please do not hesitate to give us a call. Anomaly Film website We revamped our current Anomaly Film website at the end of the last year after we had established that schools needed to know more about the service. Our website aimed to inform schools all about the Anomaly Film service in addition to showcasing the achievements of our hundreds of schools who have opted for the service. A couple months down the line and we realised we needed a revamp of our platform to better showcase the work that our wonderful schools have done. We’re aiming to have the website ready and waiting for schools just before everyone goes back for September. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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