Premiership Rugby’s Tackling Health programme is an interactive project for children aged seven – eight which takes a holistic approach to teaching children about their own health, wellbeing and about leading a healthy lifestyle with a rugby focus.
Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby clubs across England, and in partnership with the Greggs Foundation, the key aims of the project are to improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet and to increase levels of physical activity.
Rugby’s diversity makes it the perfect vehicle to drive a healthy and activity-led initiative. As a sport, rugby can offer playing opportunities and role models to children no matter what their ability or background. The interactive programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle.
Delivering changes that ensures all British children live healthy and active lifestyles requires an approach which can pass on information and inspiration to eat more healthily; tackles inactivity by promoting fundamentals of movement; and teams up with children, teachers, parents and professional sport to make changes in the long term.
“Premiership Rugby’s Tackling Health programme does just that and we are very excited to be working with the Greggs Foundation,” said Wayne Morris, Community and Corporate Responsibility Director, Premiership Rugby. “Learning how to choose, cook and eat healthy food from a young age is an invaluable skill. By ensuring youngsters develop these important life skills and good habits early; we hope this will have a positive and lasting impact throughout their lives.”
Tracy Lynch, Foundation Manager, Greggs Foundation, added: “Greggs Foundation is excited to be working in partnership with Premiership Rugby. The Tackling Health programme will offer thousands of children from our nation-wide Breakfast Clubs the opportunity to learn more about making healthier food choices and encourage them to get active through playing tag rugby. It has never been more important to support young people in leading healthier, more active lives. If children catch the bug early enough they tend to stick with it, leading to a more generally active and healthy lifestyle and we are proud to be doing our part.”