Pupils learn about hoops for health

Newcastle Eagles visit Horton Grange Primary School.
Newcastle Eagles visit Horton Grange Primary School.

Youngsters at a county primary school have been learning about the importance of keeping physically active and eating healthily from some local sport starts.

Year 5 pupils of Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth, were very excited when Andy Thomson and Drew Lasker from the Newcastle Eagles BBL basketball team arrived at the school to deliver the Hoops 4 Health programme.

The players were also accompanied by Kayla Mobley and Teresa Manigrasso from Team Northumbria Women’s WBBL basketball team.

The aim of the Hoops 4 Health programme is for professional sporting role models, using basketball as an activity to convey a range of positive healthy messages to young people in primary schools, including the importance of keeping physically active and eating healthily. The pupils were divided into three groups and took part in sessions which included fitness, basketball skills, healthy eating and anti smoking.

Deputy headteacher, Nicola Irving, said: “It was pleasing to see the children enjoying themselves this afternoon whilst learning how important a healthy lifestyle is.

“The Newcastle Eagles players turned the learning into a fantastic experience and the children were so excited especially to be able to see the Cup that the team had just won.”

Horton Grange Primary School will have a team take part in a tournament at the Newcastle Eagles game on February 6, at Sports Central, Newcastle when they try and claim the Northumberland Hoops 4 Health Championship.

They will also have an opportunity to watch the players in action.