The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Young foot­ballers given food for thought

- Diets · Nutrition

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.”

 ??  ?? TASTY: Grant MacNi­col, Gre­gor Camp­bell, Dr Daniel Crab­tree and Kirsty Hick­son with Mark Gal­lagher, Char­lie Watt and James Wallace
TASTY: Grant MacNi­col, Gre­gor Camp­bell, Dr Daniel Crab­tree and Kirsty Hick­son with Mark Gal­lagher, Char­lie Watt and James Wallace

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