So far, this academic year, Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) has delivered over 200 +Sport Move and Learn sessions across 22 Nottingham schools, engaging with more than 1050 Key Stage 2 pupils.
After a recent report, conducted by the House of Commons Library, it was found that 1 in 5 children in England become obese by the age of 11.
In Nottingham, over 22% of Year 6 pupils are classed as obese. This alarming information demonstrates that obesity levels in Nottingham are now above the national average and FITC is determined to help tackle the issue by delivering engaging weekly +Sport Move and Learn sessions.
The programme, which is delivered by FITC staff in partnership with The English Football League Trust and Ferrero, is a FREE school-based educational programme for primary school children. It aims to encourage physical activity, promote nutritional education and build awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
Over the course of 6 weeks, the children spend 45 minutes completing a practical session and 45 minutes in the classroom covering six different topics every week. These topics relate to the body, nutrition, the importance of exercise and information about food groups, in line with the recommendations outlined in the Government’s eatwell plate.
Notts County Football in the Community has received outstanding feedback from the schools it’s worked with so far.
Craig Chadburn, of Hollywell Primary School, said: “The +Sport Move and Learn project was a complete success and both Lorna and Claire did a fantastic job engaging the children throughout. They were professional and delivered the content in a fun and informative way.
“The children learned lots and thoroughly enjoyed the 6-week-block. Once again thanks for your work with the children and we look forward to seeing you in school again in the summer term.”
Mr Isherwood, teacher at Robin Hood Primary School, said: “The children looked forward to every session and really enjoyed all of the activities. I feel it would be of great benefit to have regular sessions across the year to fully embed the concepts with the children.”
Steve Cole, of Robin Hood Primary, added: “Great to see the children taking part in PE lessons and the enthusiasm shown by Move and Learn staff.”
Depending on availability, FITC also aim to invite Player Ambassadors from Notts County Football Club along to the session to interact with the children and join in with their activities.
Defender Carl Dickinson was one of the players who visited Robin Hood Primary School as part of the project. He said: “Most of these kids like football, so it’s nice that we can get involved and go into schools and talk about our experiences.
“Anything that children can learn about earlier is a good thing, this particular project obviously focuses on nutrition, which is great.”
The club’s captain Richard Duffy, added: “It’s really enjoyable, it’s nice to see the kids with smiles on their faces and enjoying their day. We both have kids the same age so we generally know what to expect from them.”