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...

  • The staff and coaches at Full of Beans have worked very well with the students at Weatherhead High School to provide a range of extra curricular activities, both at lunch time and after school to support the range of activities provided by our staff. The students have enjoyed taking part in fun and exciting activities, including Cheerleading and Zumba. Extra-curricular activities are crucial in helping students to settle in to school, develop friendships and try something new and interesting to do. Thank you to Nicky and her team for their support this year. Assistant Headteacher

  • Just to say I was so impressed with the club last night! I cant believe how much they learnt in 1 session! The coach is fab too! I really enjoyed it never mind the kids! Thanks! Primary Teacher

  • I couldn’t fault the whole process. It was so easy to stay in touch with you and ask any questions I needed to, plus I do think the party gives really good value for money. Your coaches took the time to speak to Ben before the party to get to know him. He was delighted and had a smile on his face for the rest of the day!  Your coaches are so good at handling the kids, they keep so calm and have the children 100% engaged… amazing! Parent

  • Full of Beans has been working in partnership with our school from the beginning the company was formed.  They provide high quality PPA sport and PE throughout the whole school from F2 – Year 6.   Their links with the PCT and SSCO’s make us confident that our children would receive high quality coaching and we continue to be impressed with the thoroughness of their planning and delivery. Primary Teacher