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City Council Back Tigers' Healthy Schools Drive

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Leicester Tigers will promote a healthy lifestyle to even more children after securing new funding for their Healthy Schools programme.

The Guinness Premiership club have secured funding from Leicester City Council to continue taking the interactive programme into city primary schools.

Since Healthy Schools was launched in the 2004/05 season, around 25,000 city-based children aged between eight and 11 have benefited from the programme.

It sees the Tigers health and education officer, Richard Lang, educate children about the importance of health, physical activity and nutrition using practical workshops and physical activity.

It includes playing tag rugby and an examination of what makes a healthy diet. A Tigers player will visit the school to answer their questions about life in rugby, while each child receives a certificate and fresh fruit, supplied by Leicester business Brian Cleaver and Daughter Fruit Wholesalers.

Scott Clarke, Tigers community manager, said: “It is great news for us that through Leicester City Council, the Tigers’ Healthy Schools programme can continue to make a real difference to thousands of young children in the inner city of Leicester.

“Health, obesity and involvement in sport and leisure outside of school are some of the biggest issues facing us, and the Tigers health and education officer tackles these issues head-on in a fun and exciting way.

“Without the support of Leicester City Council this activity would have ended after the closure of the Leicester Children’s Fund, and we are extremely grateful for their support.”

Richard Lang, Tigers health and education officer, is now looking for more primary schools in Leicester city to join the programme during the summer term, and also from September onwards.

He said: “It is a fun way to get across a strong, healthy message.”

More information is available from Richard Lang on 0116 2171 311, or by emailing [email protected]