SPARK was designed to be more inclusive, active, and enjoyable than traditional PE classes, and more than 30 years for research and dissemination support the achievements of those original goals.

SPARK digital members now get full access to the FIRST physical education curriculum & assessment app!
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SPARK is a complete program made of four key components!


After School Curriculum

"What To Teach"

Dynamic program designed for youth ages 5-14 in before or after school and rec programs!


Professional Development

"How To Teach"

Youth training is designed to provide a working knowledge of SPARK’s unique content and instructional strategies. Youth leaders leave motivated and ready to “SPARK-up” their students for a lifetime of good health!


Equipment Sets

"Tools To Teach"

Expert-selected, high-quality, content-matched Gopher equipment provides you with everything you need to execute the SPARK After School program!


Free Lifetime Support

Once a SPARKer, always a SPARKer!

For a program to work and last, ongoing consultation must be provided. SPARK is committed to extensive follow-up via their unique “SPARK Stars” institutionalization model, offering FREE lifetime support through toll-free number and e-mail consultation, a monthly webinar series, social networking opportunities and a monthly eNewsletter that includes SPARK updates and teaching tips.

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After School Curriculum Features

The world's most evidence-based physical education program designed for After School!

Positive Learning Environment Unit

This unit supports a physically and emotionally safe place for all youth to be active. These lessons help youth build positive relationships, enhance communication skills, and provide opportunities to work cooperatively to solve challenges. These team-building activities reinforce skills youth will use all year-long such as positive peer interaction, encouragement, trust, and teamwork.  

12 Print + 8 Digital Units!

The instructional units are aligned with the SPARK Yearly Plan. Receive updates for free with an active subscription!

Over 700 Activities!

The After School curriculum, available in a new enhanced lesson plan format, includes more than 700 high MVPA, easy to learn, and easy to teach activities that your youth will love. 

An Evidence-Based Curriculum That's Proven to Work

View articles that prove the dramatic results achieved by after school programs that have implemented SPARK programs.

Social and Emotional Learning

Featuring over 50 SEL skill definition and T-chart cards, as well as 10+ SEL lessons.

The SPARK After School curriculum also includes the following youth leader resources:


Contains the music you need to teach SPARK including warm-up music, interval music, and all songs to instruct SPARK dances.

Task and Station Cards

Cards may be used as teaching aids, for stations in a circuit, or in combination to create movement routines. English/Spanish

SPARK digital members now get full access to the FIRST physical education curriculum & assessment app!

After School Curriculum Units (300+ Lesson Plans)

Instructional Units:

Digital Only Units

All SPARK After School Lessons Include:

Teaching Tips

Instructional hints from SPARK specialists who have instructed the activity before.

Guidelines Addressed

Indicates alignment with national recommendations.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies

Shows lesson’s alignment with CASEL’s SEL competencies and related social skills.

READY, SET, GO! Format

Lists equipment/materials needed, describes set-up prior to instruction, and includes ready-to-read activity description that states objectives, instructions, and directions.

Reflection Questions

Different levels of questioning allow youth leaders to assess knowledge and understanding, address social emotional learning concepts, and provide opportunities for self assessment.

The Right Fit

Modifications for group size, limited space, and wide age range & skill levels.

Game Reset

Extensions that add more activities and provide different challenges.

Home Play

Ideas youth can take home to encourage personal development and increase physical activity levels.

SPARK is trusted by schools around the world!
What are some saying?

"I highly recommend SPARK for every after school physical activity program!"
“We first began using the SPARK After School Program at our YMCA of South Palm Beach County in 2002. Our after school staff loved the binder full of great ideas and easy to use activities — and the teambuilding and fun workshops SPARK conducted at our site. SPARK coordinates their lessons, teaching strategies, and equipment sets and their approach WORKS! I highly recommend SPARK for every after school physical activity program!”

- Mary Russell, Physical Education Teacher
El Capitan High School, Lakeside, CA

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