26 July 2019, By Steffanie Hoek

Not only is exercise good for your body, it also promotes creativity, concentration and fine motor skills. It therefore supports learning and results in better learning achievements at school. Pupils who engage in physical activity feel healthier. Middle school ‘Het Edison College’ in Apeldoorn opted to replace the smoking area on the square with the interactive Yalp Toro court.


The Yalp Toro dovetails with the vision of a healthy school

The Yalp Toro court dovetails with the “healthy school” project in which schools encourage children to be more active, amongst others. Mariska Arendsen (Remedial Educationalist at the Edison College):

“Being active is good for everyone. Physical activity has a beneficial effect on fitness, wellbeing and body weight. Many studies show that everyone is getting less exercise, including young people. They spend a great deal of time on their tablets, mobile phones and being the TV. The proportion of pupils who are overweight has also increased in recent years. The Dutch Institute of Sports and Exercise (NISB in dutch) advises young people between the ages of 12 – 18 years to engage in moderate intensity exercise for at least 1 hour every day. The results of the Emovo survey were announced last month. Emovo is an anonymous national survey. They survey was conducted amongst second and fourth year pupils during their 2015 / 2016 academic year. It showed that only 17% of pupils engage in moderate intensity exercise for at least 1 hour a day. The Edison College scored below the national and regional average. The school therefore decided to facilitate physical activity more proactively and to set a good example for pupils.”

“It facilitates bonding and enables pupils to develop their social skills further, after all, you do it together.” – Mariska Arendsen 

“We opted for the Yalp Toro with good reason: the installation is active and the game element appeals to this generation of high school pupils. You also play together with the Yalp Toro. Playing together helps pupils bond and engage in something positive together. It provides a release and expands the senses. Many pupils need the physical release during break time to be able to concentrate on their schoolwork again afterwards. In addition, it facilitates bonding and enables pupils to develop their social skills further, after all, you do it together. I also think it promotes interaction with children other than your immediate classmates.”

More exercise during breaks

The Yalp Toro court is also being utilised in PE lessons. Patrick van Kampen (PE teacher at Edision College): “The Yalp Toro is a unique product. We already know that exercise is good for our pupils, but you can also use this court for sensorimotor training (responsiveness), that makes this playing court truly unique. It’s therefore ideal for incorporating into our PE and sports lessons. The court ensures pupils get additional exercise during breaks and free periods and makes it appealing to remain at school instead of  “hanging around” the neighborhood. It give our school’s fun factor a huge boost!”