Vik­ings pro­mote healthy life­style

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

CHIL­DREN from two pri­mary schools were wel­comed by Widnes Vik­ings to the Hal­ton Sta­dium and marked a pro­gramme which pro­motes pos­i­tive and healthy life­styles.

Holy Fam­ily And Oak­field pupils en­joyed a Game Changer cel­e­bra­tion event.

The pro­gramme in­volves the Vik­ings work­ing in schools across Hal­ton and in­spir­ing more than 3,000 chil­dren.

The young­sters were joined by Vik­ings first team stars Pa­trick Ah Van, MacGraff Leu­luai, Brad Walker, Chris Dean, Chris Bridge, Olly Ashall, Jay and Ted Chapel­how, Lloyd White and Rhys Han­bury. The play­ers got stuck into all the games and ac­tiv­i­ties, from sup­port­ing chil­dren to learn how to Eat Like A Pro to tak­ing part in a haka.

Head of ed­u­ca­tion at the Vik­ings Liam Clark said: “The event was a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion of the in­no­va­tive pro­gramme that we de­liver in schools ev­ery week.

“We were de­lighted with the feed­back from the chil­dren and teach­ers at Holy Fam­ily and Oak­field, who all took a lot from the day and had great fun.

“A huge thank you must go to the first team squad, who were fan­tas­tic in en­gag­ing the chil­dren on how to lead healthy life­styles.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to host­ing more days like this in the fu­ture, as well as build­ing upon the suc­cesses of Game Changer in Hal­ton.”

Game Changer is de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with NHS Hal­ton Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group and Im­prov­ing Me, the Cheshire and Mersey­side Women’s and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices Van­guard.

Vik­ings com­mu­nity and com­mer­cial direc­tor Richard Mun­son said: “We are very proud of the part­ner­ship with the Im­prov­ing Me van­guard and the im­pact that we are mak­ing to­gether. It was fan­tas­tic to be able to cel­e­brate the im­pact of the pro­gramme and to in­spire the young chil­dren at this spe­cial event.”

Im­prov­ing Me pro­gramme direc­tor Cather­ine McClen­nan added: “The Im­prov­ing Me pro­gramme aims to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of women and chil­dren across Cheshire and Mersey­side through ac­tiv­ity, so­cial in­clu­sion and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have been de­lighted by the pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm from the chil­dren for the pro­gramme and to see the ex­cel­lent re­sults it has achieved.

“We’d like to thank the team at Widnes Vik­ings for cre­at­ing such a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion day.”

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