CCFC players inspire children taking part in the +Sport Move and Learn project

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    Coventry City FC players George Thomas, Ryan Haynes, Andy Rose and Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Ambassador Chris Stokes all visited Year 5 pupils at St John Fisher Primary School.

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    The +Sport Move and Learn Project is part of Ferrero’s global Kinder+Sport initiative designed to encourage active lifestyles in children across the world. In the UK and Ireland, 25 football club community organisations are delivering the project to children aged 9-10 in their local area during 2016/17 – with Sky Blues in the Community working with children in primary schools across Coventry and Warwickshire.

    Developed in partnership with the EFL Trust and Ferrero, the +Sport Move and Learn project aims to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in children. Under the banner of ‘+Sport Move and Learn’, Sky Blues in the Community deliver a 6 week programme of healthy lifestyle and physical activity sessions to Year 5 pupils at local schools. Each week, children take part in a 45 minute classroom lesson where they learn about topics including exercise & fitness, the human body, diet & nutrition and hydration. This is then followed by a 45 minute physical activity session with the children participating in three main sports – football, handball and dodgeball.

    Four of Coventry City FC’s first team players made a surprise visit to St John Fisher Primary School to meet some of the local Year 5 children taking part in the project. George Thomas, Ryan Haynes, Andy Rose and Chris Stokes all took part in a question and answer session with the two Year 5 classes. During the session, children asked questions about the players’ training and diet as well as how they felt to be on the road to Wembley. Following the Q&A, the players stayed to take part in both the classroom theory lesson and physical activity session that the children were taking part in. Alongside the Sky Blues in the Community delivery team and the class teachers, George Thomas and Chris Stokes supported children in the classroom learning about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables whilst Ryan Haynes and Andy Rose joined teams to participate in a football session.

    Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan, who oversees the +Sport Move and Learn project in Coventry said: “The afternoon was a real surprise for the children as they had no idea that the players were coming to visit, let alone take part in their lessons with them. For some of the Year 5 pupils, these players are people that they look up to and as sporting role models these players are in a unique position to be able to inspire children and reinforce the healthy lifestyle messages that our team deliver – encouraging children to be active and eat a healthy balanced diet. We’re grateful of our partnership with Coventry City FC and want to thank the players for giving up their time to visit the pupils at St John Fisher.”

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    Throughout this academic year, Sky Blues in the Community will be delivering the +Sport Move and Learn programme to 1,800+ children in primary schools in the local area. To find out more about the +Sport Move and Learn project, please contact Sky Blues in the Community, Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan via Email: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk or Telephone: 024 7678 6314

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