Irish soccer stars Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were on hand this week in Dublin to launch a new Finn Harps Schools Programme.
The “Eat Right Play Right” initiative designed for senior pupils in primary schools introduces participants to the fundamentals of sports nutrition and highlights the importance of fuelling their bodies adequately for their respective sport or physical activity.
It also emphasises the very important role of good nutrition in not only supporting their participation but also in maintaining overall good health as they grow and develop.
A joint initiative between Finn Harps Schools Programme, Donegal Sports Partnership with the support of the HSE – Get Ireland Active Initiative the programme designed by Thérèse Laverty of ProFormance Sports Nutrition is in its first phase has been positively received by the young participants, teachers and parents.
Thérèse who has worked with both Finn Harps and Donegal GAA senior panels spoke after the event “Initial feedback from the pilot phase has been very positive from participants and schools involved. The initiative was designed to deliver relevant actionable messages to the children that can be reinforced both in the school and home environment.
The logo also encompasses the key health promotion messages encouraging the 60 minutes per day of physical activity and 5 a day nutrition recommendations. The pilot project will be now be reviewed and improved prior to delivery of the next phase”.
John Delaney CEO of the FAI feels commended Finn Harps Schools, Donegal Sports Partnership, Proformance Sports Nutrition and the HSE on this fantastic initiative.
Myles Sweeney Co-ordinator of Donegal Sports Partnership who are one of the key partners in the programme stressed the importance of practical solutions to promoting good nutrition with our young people.
He stated: ‘It is important that we use every opportunity to promote a positive message around nutrition and exercise and to explain in practical terms the relationship between both, this can be achieved through within school or community/sports setting’ He thanked all the partners on the programme for their commitment and look forward to further gains on the programme.
John Campbell Director of Finn Harps Schools programme said “The Eat Right Play Right programme is the first project of its kind and we are delighted to be working alongside our partners to deliver positive and practical healthy lifestyle messages to children in Donegal.
Our programmes are designed to complement the outstanding work done by primary school teachers and we are all looking forward to making sure the project has tangible and long term benefits for participating schools.
For further information contact: Thérèse Laverty 086 834 9056 or firstname.lastname@example.org