Hello, I’m Jonathan Bhowmick, the lead creator and director of Action Mats.
Working in the education field for many years I decided to tackle the challenge of creating a children’s fitness resource that is immediately viable and accessible.
Something that is different, lightweight, flexible and much more affordable than the creation of a new school playground. After Action Mats came to fruition, every school, not just those with large grounds and substantial budgets can access this affordable resource.
A Short History
We developed Action Mats Limited in response to PE practitioners looking for a combination of exercise and play. We came up with the idea that ‘Action Mat’, our stick-man character, would show children of any age and language ability how to do exercises on a bright and attractive activity zone – a defined space that attracts children to use it.
We set out to find a lightweight and durable mat that would be non-slip and non-trip, and enable bright and cheerful designs to be printed on it.
Once we found the material, we developed the range and, with help from PE teachers, fine-tuned the exercises and challenges to address children’s capability and attention span.
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Action Mats as featured on itv News
MP Bim Afolami and the students during a PE lesson. Credit: itv News Anglia
With fears that children in our region are less fit and more sluggish than ever before, one school in Hertfordshire is trying to change that.
Schools have been given government funding to keep kids fit and healthy, but there are concerns it is not enough. As a small village school, Pirton Primary in Hitchin doesn’t receive the same amount of funding as larger schools. However, recently they were awarded government funding for new sports equipment.