RUGBY stars helped launched a new health and well-being programme at a Dearne school.
Construction firms Keepmoat Regeneration and Keepmoat Homes have teamed up with Titans’ Community Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotherham Titans Rugby, to offer children at Denaby Main Primary Academy healthy eating advice and sports and fitness coaching.
At the launch event, staff from both organisations spoke to children about the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise and gave out free fruit for them to enjoy.
The Titans Community Foundation also held rugby taster sessions to teach the youngsters how to work as part of a team while keeping active.
The programme will last a year and include regular visits from the Titans and Keepmoat to carry out exercise activities, construction-related workshops and reading sessions.
Youngsters will also get the chance to visit live construction sites and learn about job roles in the industry.
Neil Baxter, new business director at Keepmoat Regeneration, said: “As a local business, it’s important for us to invest in the communities in which we work.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Titans Community Foundation and hope this programme will have a positive impact on the schoolchildren.”
Victoria Gorton, principal at Denaby Main Primary Academy, said: “Here at Denaby Main our plan was to build in more opportunities for outdoor learning options for the children, so we were thrilled when the Titans and Keepmoat approached us to take part in this project.
“Not only will the children have access to top-level athletes who are role models when it comes to perseverance, hard work, dedication and commitment, but we will also benefit from a strong partnership to give the children opportunities to learn about the construction industry.”
John Lewis, chief executive at the Titans Community Foundation, said: “The Titans Community Foundation has been delivering education through rugby since 2004.
“The players will engage with children, staff and parents and support the school's values of safe, respect, and ready.”