The Saracens Sport Foundation have been delivering the Premiership Rugby Tackling Health project for almost two years. This interactive project for children aged seven-eight supports young people to understand the importance of health and wellbeing.
The project is delivered nationally by all Premiership Rugby Clubs, in partnership with the PRL and the Greggs Foundation. The key aim of the project is to improve the young people’s knowledge of healthy lifestyles with a rugby focus.
Over the last two years our Tackling Health project has supported over 2,862 young people across North London and Hertfordshire. Childhood obesity is a key challenge that a lot of the areas we work in are facing, it effects the young persons mental wellbeing, self-esteem, confidence and physical health.
The Tackling Health project enables us to improve the health of young people in local primary schools, reducing their risk of becoming over-weight or obese.
“Premiership Rugby’s Tackling Health programme does just that and we are very excited to be working with the Greggs Foundation,” said Wayne Morris, Community and Corporate Responsibility Director, Premiership Rugby. “Learning how to choose, cook and eat healthy food from a young age is an invaluable skill. By ensuring youngsters develop these important life skills and good habits early; we hope this will have a positive and lasting impact throughout their lives.”
Tracy Lynch, Foundation Manager, Greggs Foundation, added: “Greggs Foundation is excited to be working in partnership with Premiership Rugby. The Tackling Health programme will offer thousands of children from our nation-wide Breakfast Clubs the opportunity to learn more about making healthier food choices and encourage them to get active through playing tag rugby.
“It has never been more important to support young people in leading healthier, more active lives. If children catch the bug early enough, they tend to stick with it, leading to a more generally active and healthy lifestyle and we are proud to be doing our part.”