This week our Eagles visited Gosforth Junior High Academy for a Hoops 4 Health session for our community foundation in partnership with Northumbrian Water. and BBC Look North went along to see what it was all about.

Over the next year thousands of young people across the region will learn the importance of staying hydrated and choosing water over sugary drinks in a new interactive educational workshop.

The Powered by Water sessions are designed to help children learn the importance of drinking water to keep them healthy and hydrated, through a series of fun games and activities. Staying topped up with water throughout the day keeps your brain healthy, helps you think clearly, improves your mood and stops you from getting tired.

Powered by Water also teaches children the importance of choosing water over fizzy drinks and certain fruit juices, which can contain high amounts of sugar. Too much sugar is bad for your teeth, makes you feel tired and can lead to more serious health problems later in life.

Maureen Berne, External Communications Manager for Northumbrian Water said “The Eagles Community Foundation do some terrific work with young people emphasising the benefits of physical activity and we’re really proud to join up with them. It’s really important that young people learn how important it is to stay hydrated, as it will assist their development, keep them healthy and give them a boost both when playing sport and working hard in the classroom.

“We hope that teaching children the importance of drinking water, through the Powered by Water programme, will help them to stay healthy, hydrated and active throughout their lives.”

Sam Blake, Chief Executive Officer of our Eagles Community Foundation, added “Working with Northumbria Water has enabled the Hoops4Health programme to deliver a targeted workshop explaining not only the direct benefits to our health through being hydrated but also how we must remind ourselves never to take it for granted that we have one of the best quality tap waters in the world!”

You can find out more about Hoops 4 Health and lots more coaching and educational programmes run by our foundation on their pages of this website.