The children at Robin Hood Primary school had a surprise visit from Notts County’s captain Richard Duffy and defender Carl Dickinson as part of their +Sport Move and Learn Project.
The programme, which is delivered 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 every week, covering six different topics relating to the body, nutrition and the importance of exercise.
In a Q&A session, the children wasted no time in learning more about the players’ diet, asking them about their favourite food, drink and other eating habits. They also got a chance to test the players’ skills in a game of dodgeball.
After the visit, Notts County captain Richard Duffy, commented: “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 know what to expect and some of the trickier questions didn’t come as a surprise”.
Defender Carl Dickinson added: “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.”
“In terms of other projects that FITC do, I think people often try to stay away from a lot of touchy subjects like mental health and cancer rehabilitation but the more people talk and know about it, and know what they can do to help, then it’s all for the better.
If you’d like to find out more about +Sport Move and Learn, please contact Zara on email@example.com or alternatively call 0115 905 5896.