Three players from Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club - Phil Roberts, Conor Pepper and Danny Devine – have visited Central Primary School in Inverness, as part of a new healthy heart project aimed at local children.
The year-long programme is being run by the club’s Community Development Trust, funded by a £10,000 Healthy Heart Grant from Heart Research UK and sandwich franchise SUBWAY® stores.
The ‘ICT Healthy Hearts School Visits’ programme aims to improve the heart health of pupils in 40 rural primary schools, aged 10 and 11.
Over the four week sessions, the pupils will get their hearts beating faster through ‘Footworx’ sessions – using football training equipment such as fast feet ladders, hurdles and balancing domes and sessions are done to the time of music to improve fitness.
Over 800 children will take part in the programme where they will be reminded of the importance of exercise for heart health as they work on their fitness, agility, flexibility and strength. As well as completing Heart Health diaries at home to track their physical activity levels and healthy eating.
At the end of the programme the pupils will be rewarded of a visit to the ICTFC stadium or match tickets to encourage them to continue living healthy lifestyle and spread the Healthy Heart message further into the community.
Craig Masterton, Head of Community Development, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community Development Trust, says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Heart Research UK and the SUBWAY® brand by delivering a practical and creative Healthy Heart project. We aim to engage pupils with lifestyle messages they will never forget and I’m sure it will be a great success. We would once again like to thank Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® stores for this wonderful opportunity.”
Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK, says: “It’s great to see local role models helping to spread the Healthy Heart message. Children need to be educated about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and projects like this are great way of making it fun and interactive.”
Liam Dalgarno, SUBWAY® Scotland Board Member, says: “I was delighted to visit Central Primary School today to see how the grant was being used. It was fantastic to see all of the children start by taking their heart rate with the monitors provided by Caley Thistle, after each activity completed by the children they took their heart rate and entered this into their own personal fitness diary. It was wonderful to see that the children didn’t only take their heart rate but they understood how the heart works whilst having fun. It was excellent to see some of the players get involved with the children and even dance in the warm up.”
Manaaz Akhtar, Head of Marketing for SUBWAY® stores in the UK and Ireland, says: “The SUBWAY® brand is delighted that through our partnership with Heart Research UK, the HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grant scheme is available. SUBWAY® stores in Scotland have enjoyed fundraising, and it’s great to see initiatives such as this come to fruition as a result of the money generously donated by our customers in store.”