Bath Rugby Foundation

Something to Chew on festival

Last week we were joined by Matt Garvey and Nick Auterac at our Something to Chew on Festival at The Rec. The sun was shining and the students had their competitive hats on, ready to ace the touch rugby tournament and come out on top!

The event was the culmination of five weeks of the Something To Chew on Programme. Something to Chew On is a healthy eating programme which targets picky eaters, over eaters and children with unhealthy eating habits. For many parents, as their children get older and more able to make their own food choices, ensuring they have a healthy diet can be a challenge. This Premiership Rugby funded programme in association with, Public Health England and, BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, teaches 7-8 year olds about their own health and wellbeing with a rugby focus.

According to government figures over a fifth of 4-5 year olds, one third of children aged 10-11 years old and two thirds of adults are currently overweight or obese. Obesity tends to track into adulthood, so obese children are more likely to be become obese adults. We want to nip this in the bud and set our young people up for success.

Our health coaches head into school to deliver five weeks of Something to Chew on, consisting of classroom activities teaching them about the food groups and how to have a healthy, balanced diet, before heading out on to the pitch for some tag rugby. The aim is for any child who graduates from the programme to feel armed with the knowledge they need to eat the right amount, and move the right amount.

The festival in March was attended by Westwood with Iford (Bradford on Avon), St Pauls Primary (Shepton Mallet), Bellefield Primary (Trowbridge) & The Manor (Melksham). The students came together to celebrate their hard work on the programme and demonstrate their new rugby skills and were treated to rugby tips and a Q&A from Matt Garvey and Nick Auterac. Questions included “How do you get so tall?” and “How many times have you been in the scrum?”. The students left with big smiles on their faces – everyone a winner after a great day out at the home of Bath Rugby.

Ben Rees Teacher at Bellefield said, “We had an excellent day!  Great work to Rob and the Foundation team. The children loved every minute of it and they were buzzing when they came back to school. The Head was very impressed!”

David Bennet Teacher at Westwood with Iford “Today was fantastic thank you. My class thoroughly enjoyed it”

We also asked the children what they thought:

“I enjoyed the Bath coaches because they let me kick conversions”

“I enjoyed meeting the Bath Rugby players because I’ve never famous rugby players before”

“I liked that we went against our own schools because we had more than one team”

“I want to thank the Bath coaches because they put in their time to coach us”

“I liked the coaches and I liked playing against other teams”

“I liked playing against other schools”

“I enjoyed getting autographs because I’ve never done this before”

If you would like to enquire about Bath Rugby Foundation delivering Something to Chew on in your school, contact our Education Manager Jen (Jennifer.hyde@bathrugby.com).

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