Last Friday, 20 local schoolchildren from Pennyburn Primary and St. Winning’s Primary Schools took part in an exciting, brand new 12 week community project delivered by The Scottish Football Partnership Trust and Kilwinning Sports Club – “The FooTea Project”- a two hour based initiative around fun football activities, followed by a session on positive dietary and lifestyle messages and then a hot, healthy meal.
The 20 youngsters (pictured above) enjoyed an hour of fun football on the astro-turf pitches at Kilwinning where Lewis Morrison of Kilmarnock F.C. helped put them through their paces. Lewis, a local lad who played for his school team, Pennyburn Primary came along to launch the project and then spent some time with the youngsters, encouraging them to keep fit through participation in sport and talking through the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Within this session, Colin Hunter, Youth Coach at KSC also taught the children some basics around sequenced passing and the benefits of warming-up and cooling-down after exercise. On the day, there were many stars on the pitch – the girls, Yazmin and Alishea almost showed the boys how it should be done! although Josh, Hayden and the rest of the boys were skillful and quick on the ball. During the second hour of the project, each child was given their own glossy workbook and Colin led them through the “Eatwell Guide” – explaining the main food groups and how to eat a healthy and balanced diet. By this time, the kids were looking forward to enjoying their meal which Sandra at the sports club had prepared for them – chicken and vegetable pasta served with bread, followed by their choice of apples, pears or oranges. The kids had obviously worked up quite an appetite… and although we won’t mention any names – there were quite a few who managed two portions of pasta!
The kids are all looking forward to returning next week, when they will work once again on the techniques of passing the ball and learning more about staying healthy and eating their five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
For more information on the project, please check out the FooTea section on our website www.thescottishfootballpartnership.com/footea/