The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Young footballers given food for thought
Players from Ross County’s reserve team enjoyed a cookery session with Dornoch Castle Hotel’s award-winning head chef, Grant MacNicol, and a presentation by the UHIregistered dietitian Kirsty Hickson. The players also had their body composition analysed with equipment from the university’s active health exercise lab as part of the project at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall.
Dr Daniel Crabtree, a research fellow in physical activity, worked with Gregor Campbell, the team’s sport scientist, to organise the event.
Dr Crabtree said: “Following a healthy diet can be challenging for young athletes, especially for those living away from home. They may be unsure about what foods are good for them and how to prepare a healthy meal. The aim of this event was to support Ross County by educating their young players about why maintaining a healthy diet is not only important for their athletic development, but also for their wellbeing. In addition, the players have learned some key food preparation skills from Grant.”