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Our Story

Jumping stickman

Hello, my name is Jonathan Bhowmick, creator and founder of Action Mats.

Action Mats is an educational fitness resource that was originally devised as a way to engage children in exercise, using a series of highly visual cardio fitness stations that can be moved around to create games and team challenges. Fundamental to the concept is the simple way each activity is conveyed using illustrations and graphics printed onto each mat, so that children of any language and ability can easily and quickly get involved.

Initially designed for EAL children (English as an additional language), we hear daily that the simplicity of Action Mats is brilliant for pupils (and teachers) in every part of society. The speed of setting up lessons and the ease of understanding Action Mats is the key to their inclusivity.

There are many ways to use Action Mats including; fitness circuits, competitive games, problem-solving challenges and educational games. In addition we have created multiple, curriculum-linked activity plans, to assist with the successful delivery of lessons for everyone.

Jonathan Bhowmick

Hello, my name is Elita Bhowmick, assistant ‘Mat-Matician’ for Action Mats.

I studied Working with Children, Young People and Families at university and worked in many different settings with all ages of primary school children since completing my degree, so understand how time-consuming and stressful planning lessons and activities for the children can be! We wanted to create something that everyone would love while still helping with the children’s development.

We are very passionate about Action Mats and how they can easily help students enjoy sport and learning. Creating new mats and lesson plans and working with teachers from various schools up and down the country is a great way to perfect the mats to fit with the curriculum and children’s specific needs.

Jonathan Bhowmick

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.