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Mini footballers give the thumbs up to Change4Life!

Mini footballers give the thumbs up to Change4Life!

Young footballers across Cornwall are now eating healthier and looking like professional players having received free sponsored kit funded by Change4Life.

With funding from the national Change4Life campaign and coordinated by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, a number of Cornish mini soccer teams recently received special training sessions where the players swapped their usual snacks for healthy options and learnt that these healthier snacks help to refuel their muscles after training. This was a part of a countywide competition to also win new training kit; for which teams had to say how healthy eating played a part in their football activities.

The lucky winning teams to receive the sessions and kit were Helston, Padstow, Leedstown, St Agnes and Liskeard.

We recently went along to present Helston Harriers Under 9's with their new kit, they celebrated winning by holding a snack swap after their Saturday morning training session.

Team Manager Tom Lake said "It's great for the team to have this fantastic new kit as the old one was well past its sell by date. We are delighted to have won this kit as part of the Change4Life initiative!"

Mike Thomas, Director at Cornwall Sports Partnership who organised the kit competition said "Seeing just how much the boys enjoy their football, it's a real pleasure to have the chance to support their efforts and hopefully healthy snacks will become a regular part of their diets"  

The Change4Life football kits competition was organised by Cornwall Sports Partnership who received funding as part of the Change4Life initiative to encourage young people in Cornwall to have a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating healthily.  The Cornwall Change4Life initiative also supported surf lifesaving, walk to school and walk to walk activities; all aimed at getting across the importance of exercise and activity to young people in Cornwall.

A collaborative approach by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall Health Promotion and Cornwall Council, helped secure a grant of £18,000 against national competition, to enable the profile of Change4Life to be raised with key groups across the county.