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Hoops 4 health scheme scores top marks

Professional basketball players have dropped in to Chesswood Middle School to teach students about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Chesswood is one of ten schools in Worthing that is taking part in the Hoops 4 Health programme, which is promoting the importance of keeping fit and healthy, eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water.

More than 1,000 children, aged 9 and 10, will be taking part in the scheme. It involves five sessions at each school, the first of which is an interactive roadshow that educates students about how to stay fit and healthy in a fun and enjoyable way. Players and coaches from the club will then return and run four basketball coaching sessions. 

Each school will then take part in an inter-school knock-out tournament with the final being played before one of Worthing Thunder’s, English Basketball League home matches in March.

The programme is supported by West Sussex County Council and the University of Chichester, with students helping to deliver the educational aspects of the programme.

Andy Clarke, Year 5 Teacher at Chesswood Middle School, said: “It was great to have professional input on basketball skills and the roadshow sessions provided a good afternoon of learning. The children thought the whole programme was “really cool” and “amazing”. They particularly enjoyed the discussions on health and life-style matters and found the sessions very informative.”

Andy Shaddick, public affairs manager at Southern Water, said: “Using professional sports people to educate young people about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle is a really effective way of getting the message across. Drinking enough water is essential for staying fit and healthy and for boosting concentration and is particularly important during exercise. We are delighted to be supporting such an important scheme.”

Frank Gainsbury, director of Worthing Thunder, said: “Hoops 4 Health is designed to encourage children to lead a better and healthier lifestyle and there is no better way to reinforce this type of message than to have professional sports people arrive at the schools and deliver the message in a fun and energetic way. We simply could not have provided this really important opportunity to the children in Worthing without the generous support of Southern Water.”

The Hoops 4 Health programme is taking place in the following schools:
• Chesswood Middle School
• West Park C of E Middle School
• Thomas a Beckett Middle School
• English Martyrs
• Broadwater C of E Middle School
• Orchards Middle School
• Durrington Middle School
• Downsbrook Middle School
• The Vale

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