Newcastle Eagles Head Coach Fabulous Flournoy was looking for stars of the future at Christ Church C of E Primary School in Newcastle this week.
The Eagles Community Foundation has teamed up with Greggs and their School Breakfast Clubs to offer a whole day of fun activities for the pupils of 6 schools from across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Newcastle United Foundation and Falcons Foundation are also involved in the scheme which will result in a total of eighteen schools taking part in the three different sports for a full day of the sport taking over the school.
Each of the selected schools receives a whole day of fun activities with two Eagles Community Foundation Coaches. Christ Church received the extra benefit of a visit from the Newcastle Eagles Head Coach with the school just across from the Eagles home court at Sport Central. The whole school from reception to year six were provided the introduction to basketball with an emphasis on enjoyment and encouraging physical activity.
The Schools participating in the project are also a part of the Greggs Breakfast Club initiative. This programme provides a free breakfast for primary school children in areas of particular social disadvantage. The programme has been shown to contribute to improved attendance and classroom performance and to strengthen the partnership between schools and the community in which they operate.
Eagles Community Foundation General Manager, Deirdre Hayes said; “We are delighted for the second consecutive year to be working with Greggs to provide basketball to local schools. Our relationships with Greggs is an important one and their commitment to deliver such an exciting programme which engages young people into physical activity is important in supporting the message we deliver as an organisation on a daily basis. It was great that we could have Fab go along to the school which sits on our doorstep and spend an afternoon with the children.”
Pictured are the children from Christ Church and Newcastle Eagles Head Coach Fabulous Flournoy. Other schools which took part in the programme were Cambois First School, Ridgeway Primary, Cheviot Primary, Holy Trinity Primary and Luke’s Lane Primary.