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Training and nutrition day at Oxford United

Windale Primary Children learn how Oxford Utd use nutrition to boost performance (and didn’t get blown away by Doris!)

Ten lucky primary school pupils got to learn some flipping awesome facts about nutrition, while meeting their footballing heroes at a special event.

The children from Windale Primary School visited Oxford United’s training ground on Thursday February 23rd to learn about nutrition and how it can be used to boost sports performance. The special activities promoted healthy lifestyle choices to the children in line with the Health Related Fitness Curriculum. Storm Doris, which was sweeping across Oxfordshire on the day, didn’t spoil the fun and as they were unable to get out on the training pitches for very long, the children were treated to a special indoor training session.

The event was organised by the school and the football club and was supported by PKL, who recently supplied a modular kitchen to the club’s training ground which is being used by the players’ caterer, Complete Catering.

The children were taken through some simple rules to help them eat more healthily, get fitter and even told what it takes to break into the Oxford United first team.  They learned that eating the things they love, such as chocolate, sweets, butter and cheese, was OK, but only if they ‘had a little bit’ every so often. They were delighted to hear that they could eat as much as they liked of fruits like strawberries, mangoes and bananas.

With OUFC Community Coach, Dan Saunders, they learned about the importance of their ABCs, Agility, Balance and Coordination, and trying out as many sports as possible to keep an active healthy lifestyle.

The children then watched the OUFC players training before meeting Jon Kay of Complete Catering and the player’s personal nutritionist Jasmine Campbell. They mixed up their own pancake batter and a couple of lucky pupils got the chance to flip them too! They then filled their pancakes with tasty nutritious fillings before sitting down with the players for lunch.  The players spent time signing the children’s t-shirts, which were provided by PKL, and chatting to them about their day.

Windale pupil Angelica, 10, said: “I’ve learned that I shouldn’t put so much salt on my chips and that I can eat as many strawberries as I like, which is great because they are my favourite! I’ve loved the day and think Oxford United is outstanding!”

Fellow pupil Jacob, 10, said: “I’ve learned to eat less sweet things and eat more fruit. The day was absolutely brilliant and I think Oxford United is AMAZING!”

Windale Primary School head teacher Katie Geran-Haq said: “We aim to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle to all our pupils as part of our Health Related Curriculum so we are delighted to be working with Oxford United in this way. The children had a brilliant time.”

Kate Longworth, United’s Head of Community, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Windale on this really positive event. The children learned a lot about nutrition and fitness, got to meet their favourite players, saw them training, and got an idea of what it takes to become a professional footballer when they trained with Dan.”

Lee Vines, Managing Director of PKL said: “We love to support causes that promote healthy living and active lifestyles. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Oxford United to support events like this which help children learn important lessons about nutrition.”

Jon Kay said: “We love catering to the players and jumped at the chance to help these children learn a bit more about nutrition for sports.”

The fun doesn’t stop there for the children involved. Before the end of the season they will travel with their families to the Kassam Stadium for an evening game, where they will meet the players, tour the stadium, have a fun time in the stadium community room and then watch the match. Then at half-time the kids will take part in a pancake race on the pitch!