Newcastle Rugby Foundation plays host to event alongside Tackling Health programme festival
Kingston Park Stadium played host to the 2017 Greggs Foundation Partner Day in June as the corporate charity of Greggs plc held its annual meeting of its key supporters alongside a two-day junior rugby festival to mark the culmination of the Tackling Health with Greggs programme that it supports.
The festival saw over 400 pupils from 15 schools arrive at the home of Newcastle Falcons to play tag rugby games and participate in health and nutrition workshops delivered by Newcastle University.
In addition to this activity, Wednesday's games and a special cooking demonstration delivered by Welbilt took place in front of over 40 of the Greggs Foundation's key supporters.
Ran by the coaches from the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, the pairing of the two events afforded representatives from the Greggs Foundation's supporters the opportunity to see first-hand the impact of the programme and to review other successes from the last 12 months.
A six-week intervention, based in schools across NE, Durham and Cumbria, Tackling Health with Greggs sees coaches from the Newcastle Rugby Foundation deliver classroom and physical activity sessions to pupils in years three and four.
Taking place in schools that are also part of the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club programme, Tackling Health aims to improve youngster understanding of food groups and the importance of a healthy balanced diet and introducing them to regular exercise using rugby as a foundation.
Over the course of the programme of delivery for the season, in excess of 1,600 children at 30 different schools have participated in Tackling Health with Greggs.
Head of Newcastle Rugby Foundation Melanie Magee said: "The Tackling Health with Greggs programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle and how to make healthy choices around food and physical activity. Today was a great success and showcased the great work we do with our partners, including Barclays, Newcastle University and North to make a difference in our local community."