A Bedford man is using his unique brand of motivational exercise to help troubled children in schools.
Peter Thompson runs a motivational exercise and school intervention programme which aims to improve attendance, achievement and attainment for children with behavioural difficulties.
The project is called Exercise Behaviour and is run through his business brand PT Denis Endurance.
Peter explained: “It’s a unique behaviour modification programme delivered through exercise. The programme runs from the exercise behaviour scale, which is effectively a diagram of any school’s behaviour management system, through which students complete a set of exercises that are specifically related to the actual incidents in which they have done wrong.
“The programme lasts 10 weeks and aims to reduce poor behaviour, and improve attendance, achievement and attainment.”
Peter currently runs the programme at five separate schools around Bedford including Mark Rutherford and Bedford Free School, with some of the work funded by Bedford Borough Council.
He said: “The feedback and response from the youngsters has been tremendous. Many are modifying their behaviour through exercise which is great for them and their families and the wider commnunity, great for schools and great for their health, too.
”I am looking to take my programme further into the surrounding areas, along with working with youth offending teams and prisons.”
Peter also runs a performance programme called Skip Beatz which promotes health and fitness through speed, performance and freestyle skipping to music under ultra violet light.
He said: “Through running Skip Beatz I deliver motivational presentations and performances and skipping workshops in various Bedford schools for young people with behavioural and attendance issues along with other difficulties.
“The effect on the kids I deal with through Skip Beatz has been really positive.
“Many kids have benefited from my specialist help, and their progression has been really encouraging.”
Peter also acts as a personal trainer and has a bicycle trailer gym. This is a mobile gym unit which carries various types of fitness equipment and sound system which is used to deliver his personal training in parks and open spaces, but is also used to help support his behaviour modification programmes to schools.
Under the Skip Beatz banner Peter, from Putnoe, also performs live at music events and in night clubs, and produces promotional videos for record labels, events and DJs.
He said: “I am also sponsored by a boxing company called AMPRO who provide me with ropes and clothing. Interestingly they used to sponsor Muhammad Ali.”
Jane Herron, a teacher at Bedford Free School said: “Peter and the children have worked so hard. They all looked forward to his lessons and they really enjoyed it.
“Attendance and behaviour have improved and it speaks volumes that we’ve had him back as he has had such a positive impact on the children.
“One of the lads said Peter’s classes had helped him become a better person and said it also helped him try to realise some of his potential. It is qualitative but we also have data to confirm improvements.
“There is no doubt Peter’s involvement has been extremely beneficial to the children.”
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