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Preston North End players inspiring the next generation through NCS

27 August 2022

Preston North End stars Brad Potts and Ben Woodburn have been inspiring the local people of Preston as they joined Preston North End’s National Citizen Service programme participants last week to help deliver a healthy eating workshop.

The pair transferred their skills on the pitch to the kitchen, and spent the afternoon at a ‘Food for Thought’ workshop at Deepdale - a weekly session where students learn about healthy eating and the importance of a balanced diet as part of the EFL Trust’s NCS programme. 

The PNE duo assisted students in the kitchen making healthy lunches, before taking part in a Q&A session discussing the importance of staying fit and healthy, the healthy diet of a professional footballer and their matchday routines. 

“We spoke to the kids about our daily routine, our diet and nutrition and the type of food we eat before games,” Potts told ITV News.  

“And we’ve just been trying to guide them and help them in terms of healthy eating, it was really enjoyable. When I was younger, I didn’t really have that, so it’s good that we can now pass that on to the kids, and hopefully they can learn from it and maybe take what we’ve said into their own lives.”

Designed for 15 to 17-year-olds, NCS is a youth programme that has traditionally run every summer and autumn during school holidays. The programme offers a range of experiences for young people and allows students to complete a variety of activities and workshops with the aim of building confidence, independence and developing general life skills for further education or future employment. 

This summer the EFL Trust has had 11,000 people take part in NCS through 64 delivery partners (54 of which are Club Community Organisations in the EFL and Premier League), and since 2009 more than 700,000 young people have taken part in NCS, completing more than 15million hours of community action and gaining vital life experience. 

“The kids were asking a few questions about healthy eating, which is obviously really important nowadays," Woodburn added.

"It’s important to know what to eat on a regular day and that’s where we can come in with the fitness side. 

“Whether they’re Preston fans or not, they might look up to us and if we can give them some idea of healthy eating, hopefully they can follow that and take that into their daily lifestyle. We had a really fun day.”

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