What Is The Program
"As I walked to the front gate I heard some kids calling, as the 4 little ones came running they said, "you forgot us!" With both arms out stretched, they were waiting for the high fives we give during the interaction of ZUU Chimps, I had forgotten to give them theirs. That moment will always stay with me."
That moment happened when Nathan ran his first ZUU pilot program back in 2010.
"Now when I see thousands of kids being empowered to help themselves with ZUU Chimps around the world, that moment was the catalyst for the relentless drive that has been needed to get to where we are."
For those that know Nathan Helberg, they know him as a passionate father of 4, first & foremost. Wearing his heart on his sleeve he'll often "get emotional" when talking about how fast his kids are growing up or how much he misses them when travelling.
You see, for those that don't know him, Nathan Helberg is one of Australia's leading consultants for high end physical conditioning, working with UK Armed Forces in UK & Europe as well as tactical police here in Australia.
He also works within elite sports being used by England's RFU, premier rugby clubs, JFRU & Australia's NRL & AFL & Virgin Active.
ZUU (www.thezuu.com.au) is a registered training style Nathan developed over many years & is used worldwide. It is based on fundamental principles & values that lie close to Nathan's heart. When training with him you'll often hear him talk about respect being earned, training being inclusive, the importance of culture.
Nathan's view of ZUU Chimps is shared by many experts, realising it is a powerful vehicle that can tackle the many problems facing Australia's youth in regards the physical, physiological & social aspects of health.
Problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, bullying, self esteem, social skills, leadership to name a few.
Global Health Initiative
ZUU Chimps has grown into a Global Initiative. It is now being run in 6 countries with many more wanting to start. We continue to align ourselves with the right corporate sponsors & brands that consider themselves visionaries who are actively looking to make a lasting impact on tens of thousands of our youth.
ZUU Chimps sustainability is about empowering teachers with simple tools & techniques to creating a culture of inclusivity, no egos, social interaction, positive affirmations, discipline, respect, leading by example & fun animal moves.
"We earn the teachers respect & inspire them. They then do the same with the kids."
Kids get inspired by the teachers earning their respect. Even from this young age it is very important to do this. ZUU Chimps is based on mutual respect & when they see their teacher leading by example they will follow. The animal exercises are FUN! The kids start to interact with groups they normally may not & together they build a culture of inclusiveness.
The Old School values that underpin ZUU Chimps have rung true to parents who have been looking for help in the many problems their young ones face.
They love the fact teachers need to lead by example earning their child's respect.. That their child gets exposed to leadership regardless of their sporting abilities & gets to socially interact.
On parent teacher nights we show them exactly how the program works inside a classroom so they can "see" & "feel" the culture ZUU Chimps creates.
We can inspire you too!
If you're a passionate principle, teacher or parent & would love to get ZUU Chimps into your school, simply click on the link to get more information.