The first of the Wakefield Trust’s ‘Happy, Healthy Fun Days’ have been hailed a big success.
The Trust is piloting the new programme in primary schools throughout the district in June and July promoting healthy eating and have already visited six schools in the last fortnight thanks to support from Wakefield and District Health and Community Support (WDHCS).
Branded as ‘Happy, Healthy Fun Days’, Wakefield Trust community development officers are delivering the days supported by members of the Trinity first team squad and club mascot Daddy Cool.
The schoolchildren are presented with an assembly on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the benefits it brings followed by rugby skills sessions and small sided games to put into practice what they have learnt whilst also highlighting the value of physical activity in being both healthy and happy. Dance sessions have also been provided as an alternative.
Players including Danny Kirmond and Paul McShane have been in attendance at various points to lend a helping hand in their position as role models for young people throughout the district.
James Stephenson of the Wakefield Trust commented: “It’s been a great first week or so of delivering the days in schools and the response from all the young people has been fantastic and they’ve taken a lot from it.
“Having the players there is fantastic for the kids to see and they’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions of some of their favourite players.
Nicola Ansell, a teacher at the Mount commented: “It’s really important for the children to be active. We’ve got lots of things going on in terms of us doing sports week, sports days and we’ve got people coming in doing dance classes. But as Wakefield is such a rugby city and everyone supports it, it’s really important the children are getting into it and are aware of the importance of being active.
“The players have been really good with the children and they really enjoy it. They’re really enthusiastic and while some of them play rugby, some of them have never even held a rugby ball before so getting them involved in that is great too.”
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