Pupils are bowled over by cooking and cricket

February 27 2015

RETURNING for second innings is the ‘Howzat for Healthy’ schools programme, established by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

RETURNING for second innings is the ‘Howzat for Healthy’ schools programme, established by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

The healthy lifestyle scheme was such a hit with pupils at Ashley Down Federation's Brunel Field site that the school has invited the club to run the programme again this year.

Players Cameron Herring and Robbie Montgomery kicked off the second year of the scheme by visiting the school and talking to 120 children about what it takes to become a professional sportsman.

The year-long project offers children a chance to take part in cricket coaching sessions, grow vegetables in the school garden and use the ingredients to cook a healthy meal.

The programme, which is the first of its kind to be run by a professional cricket club, was created by the club's head of community engagement, Roz Hutchings in partnership with a number of other organisations based at or near the Bristol County Ground.

Last year, coaching sessions were delivered by coaches from the Gloucestershire Cricket Board, the vegetables were grown with help from the Ashley Vale Allotments’ Association and the cooking sessions were led by Damian Awford-Nash, head chef for Centerplate - the club’s catering partners.

The programme is run for Year 1 and 2 students, but the club hopes that over time it may be rolled out to other schools in the local area.

Tom Stacy-Marks, Year 1 teacher at Brunel Field said: “The kids absolutely loved the programme - especially enjoyed cooking a pizza and then growing the veg.

“The Get Active cricket session was really brilliant! The children loved it and were totally engaged.

“It has been nice to work with the cricket club and develop our relationship with them. We look forward to continuing that with this year’s Howzat for Healthy.”

Roz Hutchings said: “We are delighted to be running the ‘Howzat for Healthy’ again this year. Last year was effectively a pilot but the feedback was so positive that we had no hesitation in running it again.

“By utilising the many different elements of our club we were able to engage with the pupils and deliver a really powerful message on what goes in to having a healthy lifestyle."

As part of the project pupils each receive a workbook which includes quizzes, puzzles and healthy recipes they can try out at home with their parents.  


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