Celebration of the European Day of Psychomotricity in Brno
With the beginning of the new academic year 2016/2017, a celebration of the European Day of Psychomotricity (19.9.) took place in the Lužánky park in Brno. Psychomotricity instructors from the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Sports Studies of the Masaryk University prepared a varied psychomotor programme for children from local nursery and secondary schools, as well as for accidental passers-by. The participants could thus try out games e.g. with PET bottles lids, newspaper sheets or a psychomotor parachute. Instructors from the Department of Social Sciences and Sport Management, Dagmar Heiland Trávníková and Gabriela Janíková, offered juggling activities and playful psychomotor games with a canistherapeutic dog Fido. The programme was well accepted by both children and their teachers and therefore, we believe that the representatives of Brno psychomotricity will continue this tradition in the following years.
The European Day of Psychomotricity was declared by the European Forum of Psychomotricity (EFP) that celebrates 20 years in 2016. A Czech psychomotricity representative, Jirina Adamirova, stood by the foundation act of EFP. Since its foundation, and with the effort of Czech psychomotricity instructors, who gained their education in Luxembourg later (Adamirova, Kopřivová, Dvořáková etc.), the Czech psychomotricity developed into an independent discipline that is taught mostly at faculties with focus on education and sport. Courses and seminars within lifelong learning are offered as well. Membership of the Czech Republic in EFP is provided by the Czech Association Sport for All and its psychomotricity sub-commission. Psychomotricity is implemented in the area of health, prevention, education, re-education and last, but not least, as a scientific discipline.