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Healthy Schools champions walk out at Welford Road

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The latest crop of Global Payments Healthy Schools Champions enjoyed a day to remember at Welford Road walking out in front of more than 22,000 supporters.

Fifteen primary school youngsters from across Leicestershire were invited by Leicester Tigers to celebrate their great work over recent weeks as part of the Global Payments Healthy Schools programme. 

Leicester Tigers health education officer Ashleigh Theobald has been visiting schools to deliver a week-long takeover teaching year three to year six pupils about the importance of healthy eating and living. 

With lessons and outdoors sessions to get kids active, at the end of each week each school crowns their very Healthy Schools champions – one boy and one girl – who have led by example.

Youngsters from Herrick Primary, Rendell Primary, Sparkenhoe Primary, Bishop Ellis Primary, Meadowdale Primary, Whitehall Primary, Mayflower Primary. Rushey Mead Primary and St John Fisher Primary all took part.

To recognise the achievements of our Healthy Champions, Ashleigh invited the latest group along to experience a matchday at Welford Road as Tigers faced Northampton Saints in Round 17 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Abdullah Khalifa from Mayflower Primary School was joined on the pitch with his dad Abdul Rahim Khalifa, and said: “It’s amazing to be out here on the pitch. I had to draw menus and meals as well as be positive in class and with the help of my mum and dad, they helped me become a champion!”

“I was a little bit healthy before, but now I’m super healthy which I think my mum and dad enjoy too.

Dad Abdul added: “It’s our first time to Welford Road so to be able to bring along my son to such an amazing atmosphere has been incredible. A lot of schools, and particular Asian schools, are introducing rugby to the school programme now so we hope to come down again soon.”

The programme is supported by club partner Global Payments, who are based in Leicester and provide worldwide payment solutions around the globe. 

To find out more about how your school can get involved with the Global Payments Healthy Schools programme, please contact [email protected] or click the link below.