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Gloucestershire schools helped by Robins

A project that will help children at Gloucestershire schools has received backing from footballers from Cheltenham Town F.C.

The Robins are supporting the new initiative, which will teach students about their heart and how to keep it healthy.

Sandwich franchise Subway and Heart Research UK have presented a grant to the Cheltenham Town Community, Education and Sporting Trust of almost £9,000. This will fund the project to help children aged between nine and 11 years through classroom-based activities. The children will also play ‘Futsal’ – a type of football that has five players on each team, is often held indoors and uses a smaller ball. The project will last for 20 weeks in 20 Gloucestershire schools, with one hour-long session taking place each week.

Pupils will receive a diary, which they will be expected to complete throughout the project as homework. The in-class education will include information about the heart and how it works, exercise and fitness, nutrition, and refusing alcohol and smoking. Once each lesson is completed, a game of Futsal will be played.

Although it’s likely that few education authorities know about Futsal, other schools across the UK are taking measures of their own to improve the lives of their pupils, such as incorporating healthy tuckshop foods. Merseyside schools are among those introducing healthy eating in the fight against child obesity. The aim of the project in Gloucestershire is to encourage children to consider what will happen if they don’t look after their heart and body.

Posted by Jennifer
July 15, 2014

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