Rotherham Untied ‘keepers Marek Rodak and Lewis Price surprised school children at Eastwood Village Primary School as part of the work undertaken by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust in local schools.
Marek and Lewis took part in a penalty shootout against selected pupils from the school as well as signing autographs, answering questions about their football career to date and of course having various selfies.
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust deliver the Move and Learn Project which is a national school-based educational programme for children aged between 9-10 that has been developed by the EFL Trust and Ferrero. By combining six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom sessions, the programme encourages physical activity, promotes nutritional education and builds awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The programme content is developed by nutritional and educational experts in line with the recommendations in the Government’s Eat Well Plate and the National Curriculum. To date, the programme has been delivered locally by 26 football club trusts in 1,495 schools, with over 80,000 children impacted.
“The afternoon was great and Marek and Lewis were a massive hit with the kids. The sessions the the Community Sports Trust are delivering at the moment in the school are fantastic, the two staff members that lead the sessions are organised, professional and a huge hit with the kids. They learnt loads and are excited sessions every week,” explained Mr Johnson from Eastwood Village Primary School.
Gary Webb, Operations Manager for Rotherham Untied Community Sports Trust added: “We know we can have a huge impact on the local community with key issues and helping to educate children around diet and nutrition is obviously vital. Having the support of the first team only helps with the message and I say it every time, we are very lucky to have such a supportive group of players and management here at Rotherham United.”
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