Full of Beans works in partnership with Mini Mermaid UK to deliver these amazing programmes to boys and girls in KS2 in our primary schools.

These progressive, self-development programmes use physical activity combined with mindfulness to strengthen self-esteem, self-confidence and self-compassion at a critical developmental point/time in children’s lives.

Rather than targeting children who love sports, we seek those who have shown a reluctance to engage in physical activity, for whatever reason.

We utilize small groups of a maximum of 10 participants from each year group, and create a safe, fun judgement-free environment in which both outgoing and shy children can flourish individually and come together as a team.

Participants will learn about goal setting and the value of exercise.   Mini Mermaids & Young Tritons do all of this – all children learn how to challenge themselves and build resilience, through planning for and completing a 5km Challenge.

This positivity, from both the programme and the 5km challenge, permeates all aspects of their lives, from social interactions and school to long-term goals and aspirations.


  • 4 year progressive programme, delivered in small group settings (10-12 participants) over an 8-week period per year
  • We conclude with a 5km challenge at the end
  • Co-designed curriculum comprises of journal work, games, activities and structured workouts (no journal work for the boys, they have a cool comic instead)
  • Resource Pack – everyone receives their own journals/comic, medals, t-shirts, stickers, runners badge amongst other things and we bring all we need including stationary resources.


  • More physically active
  • Increased Confidence
  • Greater Resilience

Additionally, OFSTED also value these programmes which is fantastic and we hope to be able to offer these clubs to as many children as we can.


“Mini Mermaids has helped me in so many different ways.  First of all, I used to have lots of worries but now I have a lot less.  Before this, I was shy with new and unfamiliar people, but now I’m able to communicate with them more freely.   Also, it’s helped my confidence to grow and I’m excited to try new and different things.  The programme has helped me understand a bit more about who I am and who I’d like to be.  It has helped encourage me to follow my hopes and dreams”. Mini Mermaid, Bidston Village School, Wirral

“Our boys need role models now more than ever. I believe we can teach boys what it means to be heart-strong, mind-strong, and body-strong. When boys know how much strength they have in so many different ways they will become proud of themselves and their sense of self-respect will carry them through life. It’s not rocket science, boys just want someone to follow. I believe in all kids and will do everything I can to help them achieve their dreams and goals. In Young Tritons, I was able to see my boys unleash their minds and see how much they can do…and I love ‘The Finish Line is Just The Beginning’ because it really is! My boys have so much confidence now and belong to something”. Darren McDonald, Headteacher

Further information on the programme can be found at www.minimermaiduk.com.


What our customers say...

  • My son, Jonathan, has been attending Full of Beans regularly for nearly two years. Jonathan loves Full of Beans and has come on in confidence so much since starting. He practises new skills he has learned, such as skipping and then tells everyone where he learnt to do it! Parent

  • I just wanted to say a massive thank you to your 2 colleagues who were outstanding on Saturday for Joe and Evelyn’s Birthday party. They kids had a wonderful time and I have never seen Joe so enthralled in physical activity – he just absolutely loved it and had so much fun! Parent

  • The party really was fab yesterday. Phil was superb, so calm and softly spoken, yet all the kids just hung on his every word. We were all amazed. Izzy and Eve absolutely adored the party and he made them feel very special. Parent

  • Full of Beans provide variety, diversity of exciting activities and superb coaching which focuses on specific skills – our pupils are challenged and in very good hands! Headteacher