A unique partnership has been launched to encourage schoolchildren to be active and healthy.
Newcastle Eagles basketball club has joined with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to deliver its ‘Hoops for Health’ community programme, working with schools in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
Basketball players will work with hundreds of schoolchildren aged between nine and 11 to support the trust’s local health improvement activity and develop artwork for the new emergency care hospital due to open in 2015.
The initiative was launched at Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington and is the first time the Eagles have worked with a major NHS hospital trust to promote health messages about the importance of exercise, healthy eating and the dangers of smoking.
Andrea Stoker, general manager at the trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Newcastle Eagles to help engage schoolchildren about living a healthy lifestyle and also get them involved with developing art for our new hospital in Cramlington.”
Eagles player coach Fabulous Flournoy said: “Our partnership with Northumbria is all about teaching young people the importance of physical activity and eating a balanced diet so that they can lead healthy lifestyles, stay fit and well and hopefully avoid any circumstances where they might need hospital care.
“As professional sporting role models it is often easier for us to connect with children to relay these important messages about their own health and wellbeing.”