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Primary schools backing Global Payments Healthy Schools

Leicester Tigers and club partner Global Payments are taking over primary schools across Leicestershire and teaching youngsters about healthy living and eating.

The Global Payments Healthy Schools programme continues to grow in popularity with more than 3,000 pupils already participating

Tigers health education officer Ashleigh Theobald recently visited pupils at Sparkenhoe Primary School in Leicester taking over school lessons and assemblies for one week to deliver the programme. 

Funded by Leicester-based payment processing experts Global Payments, kids have the opportunity to take part in classroom and PE lessons and discover why it’s important to understand the importance of being healthy.

From making a meal for Manu, to picking up a rugby ball, two lucky pupils will also be picked as their school’s 'Healthy School Champions' and walk out onto the pitch at half-time at a game at Welford Road. 

Robin Hiley, a year 4 teacher at Sparkenhoe Primary School said: “For many of the pupils, this is their first experience of rugby in any form and it’s a great way for them to be engaged with the lessons and learn about healthy living. 

“From identifying food groups, to learning about why things are healthy and unhealthy, the programme is a great platform for kids of all abilities. They answer questions, put forward ideas and over the week have really got stuck into the sessions.”

“It’s great to see this enthusiasm for sport in general as well as kids thinking about what they are eating and being as healthy as they can every day.”

Over the course of a week, kids will take part in a theory and practical session for each class, covering topics such as:
  • What healthy foods and drinks are?
  • Why we should eat and drink them?
  • What exercise is and its benefits?
  • Fun exercises, activities and games you can play at home
  • An Inter-class competition to find your school’s ‘Healthy Schools Champions’
If your primary school would like to get involved in the free Healthy Schools programme, or you want to find out more information, please contact [email protected] or call 0797 061 9444.