Fixtures - Top Bar

Premiership Rugby’s route to a healthy lifestyle

Uili Kolo’ofai believes one healthy school in the North East might have some future Newcastle Falcons in its ranks after putting youngsters through their paces as part of the Something to Chew on initiative.

Kolo’ofai was joined by a host of Falcons stars as well as former England cricketer Graeme Swann as pupils at Emmaville Primary School learned all about Something to Chew on.

The initiative is Aviva Premiership Rugby’s interactive project in association with BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and Public Health England and is aimed at teaching 7-8 year olds about their health and wellbeing.

The key message of the day was combating obesity and the year five pupils took part in sandwich making as well as a tag rugby session.

Kolo’ofai admits having the chance to impart some knowledge is a big part of the job he loves.

"It’s been a really great day and I have had a lot of fun down here with the youngsters," he said.

"Rugby is a really great sport to help kids get fit and tackle obesity because it’s so physical and you need to look after yourself if you are going to play it.

"We played some rugby with them and some of them are already powerful and hit harder than me! I think for sure if they wanted to then there are some future Falcons here.

"When I was younger it was a case of eating whatever you could but today the youngsters are lucky and they can look after themselves a little bit more.

"There is a lot of information about and they have access to healthy foods. But it’s very easy to pick up unhealthy habits and to ignore that knowledge."

Government figures indicate that more than a fifth of 4-5 year olds, one third of children aged 10-11 and two thirds of adults are currently overweight or obese.

Something to Chew on is geared towards tackling the problem and its aims are:

  • To improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet, as well as increasing their knowledge of food safety
  • Increase young people’s uptake of physical activity
  • Raise awareness of the core competences among educational stakeholders
  • Work as a contribution towards the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least an hour a day

Kolo’ofai, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury, says being absent from the game makes you realise how much you love it.

He hopes that he has passed on that love to the pupils – and they are now in a better position to lead a healthy life.

"This is what it is all about when you are a professional sportsperson," he added.

"You have to make sure that you help the community that you are a part of and use sport as a way to inspire people.

"So if we can show the kids what they can do, if they eat well and look after themselves, then that is crucial.  

"So if we can be here showing them a way to get on the right path, then it’s something we need to be doing a lot."

To find out more about Premiership Rugby's healthy eating programme Something to Chew On funded by The Supporters Club, BT Sport's charitable initiative, and Public Health England, go to premiershiprugby.com/SomethingToChewOn

Latest News

George North gets first 2017 tour try in dramatic British & Irish Lions draw

The British & Irish Lions concluded their midweek fixture list in New Zealand with a thrilling 31-31 draw against the…

Newcastle Falcons can’t wait for trip to Philadelphia

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes that the second Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season match in America can…

Dean Richards

Mark Reddish retires from rugby

Harlequins second row Mark Reddish has today (Tuesday 27th June) announced that he will retire from the game due to…

Mark Reddish

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars to feature heavily in Lions final midweek game

EIGHT Aviva Premiership players will start the British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game tomorrow looking to force their way…

Teofilo Paulo excited by London Irish move but will miss home cooking

Samoan international Teofilo Paulo is making the most of his mum’s cooking ahead of the summer move to London Irish.…

British & Irish Lions beaten in first Test by New Zealand

Two second-half tries from winger Rieko Ioane helped New Zealand to a 30-15 victory in the first Test against the…

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches