Aim: The aim of this paper was to present the advocacy  project called ‘‘Lombardia in gioco: a scuola di sport’’ addressed to primary schools. The current project was promoted by Regione Lombardia , CONI Lombardia and USR Lombardia with the support of the following 5 universities: UNICATT, UNIMI, UNIBS, UNIPV and UNINSUBRIA. Methods: Both experts and supervisors were trained from a didactic point of view and instructed for the monitoring process by the Universities. Each expert conducted an intervention of 20 lessons distributed in a span of 7 months. The assessment of children included anthropometric measures, the evaluation of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and motor fitness, cognitive function, enjoyment and physical activity level. A satisfaction questionnaire was administered to curricular teachers, school principals and children’s parents. Results: 249 experts with a bachelor in Sport Science, coordinated by 13 supervisors, assisted the teacher during the curricular physical education classes. In total, the interventions included 74,220 children, 3711 classes and 327 schools. More than 150,000 data were collected and processed by the Universities showing that: an average increase of motor performance by 5 % occurred; positive results in cognitive function and enjoyment were found, enjoyment significantly and positively related to motor performance and its enhancement; children were not enough physically active after school; a very high percentage of school teachers and principals and children’s parents were in favor of the project. Conclusions: For the first time in Lombardy Region, it was possible to carry out an advocacy project with a determinant contribution of the aforementioned institutions: the Universities for the training of the experts and supervisors and to guarantee scientifically the monitoring procedures, CONI for the administrative and political support, Regione Lombardia and local authorities for the funding support, USR for the identification of sample schools.
- Advocacy project
- scuola di sport