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Tractor Boys health drive

25 October 2012

A programme aimed at teaching Suffolk's youngsters how to live a healthier lifestyle is looking for more schools to take part.

The ITFC Charitable Trust has Free Healthy Lifestyle spaces currently available for Primary School children, suitable for years four, five or six.

Activ8it Plus is a specialist programme run, without cost to the participating schools, by the Trust's Healthy Lifestyle Advisor James Colchester.

The programme, supported by ITFC Charitable Trust, and backed by Ipswich Town's New Zealand international, Tommy Smith, offers schools across Suffolk six free sessions, held during the school day.

James delivers the programme in the school and the lesson includes teaching the children about leading a healthy lifestyle and an entertaining hour of multi-sport. These educational lessons focus on the importance of breakfast, foodstuffs in general, getting your five-a-day and the merits of exercise and hydration when it comes to learning.

The sport part of the session can be a mixture of sports or tailored to the schools requirements i.e. a full six weeks of one particular sport.

Mr Ashton, a teacher at Whitton Primary School in Ipswich, has students who have already seen the benefit of the Trust's Active8it Plus programme. He said: "It was especially good and useful to get a variety in our Science and P.E lessons as it adds something extra to the educational experience.

"The style of delivery was impressive, incorporating various teaching strategies, it enabled James to keep the children's attention and to manage behaviour."

To bring the project to your school, or to find out more, please email or phone 01473 400589.

Activ8it Plus is on a first come, first served basis and is now booking schools for 2013/14 academic year.

For more details of how ITFC Charitable Trust works with schools and young people in Suffolk click here

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