posted on 28 March 2012

Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust has been rewarded for making a significant impact in promoting Healthy Lifestyles with a Special Recognition Award due to their fantastic work with Heart Research UK within the Wakefield district and beyond.

Director of Education Mark Winder, General Manager Davide Longo and members of the Wildcats Community team accept their award.

The Wildcats received the Award at a recent Heart Research UK fundraising evening with the Wildcats Community Team presented with the award at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium recently.

Wakefield Wildcats and Heart Research UK have been working together for six years with the Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust programme starting their project by going into schools to teach children the importance of staying fit and healthy.

The project saw the Trust go into schools across Wakefield informing children of the risks not exercising enough and living an unhealthy lifestyle could have on their heart.

To help the young people maintain a healthy lifestyle the Community Trust offered pupils physical education through rugby coaching which offered five weeks of rugby training for boys and girls, culminating in the schools participating in festivals at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. Following the outstanding response to this project and to appeal to an even wider audience the Wildcats also introduced dance classes into schools.

With the success of the dance and rugby sessions the Trust was asked to spread the project further afield to schools in Dewsbury, Batley and Barnsley.  Off the back of this project the Wildcats have set up a Junior Wildcats after schools club with no funding, this offers school children after school activities from 4-5pm. They have also created the wonderful Wildcat Kittens, a junior dance group. It’s not only young people who the Trust have helped get active but adults as well through initiatives such as the ‘Dads and Lads’ touch rugby league and adult dance classes in the hope of keeping adults healthy too. The model that Wakefield have used has since been replicated in other areas of the North to deliver Heart Research’s prevention messages

Heart Research UK was formed 45 years ago in the hope to find preventions and research into heart disease. Over the years they have worked tirelessly to inform the UK about the risks of keeping healthy and looking after your heart and helping the UK fight heart problems. With their campaigning and events the charity raises money to help those suffering and to fund their research into one of the world’s biggest killers.

It is believed that children should be physically active for at least 30 minutes, five times a week and adults around 30 minutes, three times a week.

According to research, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than one in three of all deaths in the UK, accounting for more than 191,000 deaths each year.

“We are delighted to have sustained our partnership with Heart Research UK and we’re very proud to have received this award,” said Wildcats General Manager, Davide Longo.

“Heart Research UK have been partners for six years and help fund the Community Trust here at Wakefield Wildcats. We believe that the work of Heart Research UK is important as we as a club have experienced with past and present players suffering through heart related incidents.”

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