- Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Simmonds OBE opens brand new cookery centre at Knypersley First School in Staffordshire
London, 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ellie’s visit marks the great success of the 2016 Active Kids voucher collection programme, which saw Sainsbury’s donate £11 million worth of sports and cookery equipment to over 30,000 schools and clubs across the UK – helping more children to eat well, move well and live well.
Having first visited Knypersley First School in November 2015 to deliver Sainsbury’s Active Kids sports and cookery equipment – from footballs to tennis rackets and rolling pins – Ellie was back today to lead a cookery lesson and launch Knypersley’s brand new cooking facility. Knypersley First School was randomly selected from over 34,000 participating schools and clubs to receive the special cookery experience from Active Kids ambassador, Ellie.
Ellie Simmonds, Paralympic Champion and Active Kids ambassador, said: “I was so pleased to be invited back to Knypersley First School, having already seen the great passion the staff and students have for sport and healthy eating. It’s so important to learn about nutrition and healthy eating from a young age – the new cooking facilities at the school and the Active Kids cookery equipment they’ve received will enable them to teach just that.”
Rachel Carrington, Active Kids Manager at Sainsbury’s, said: “Active Kids has a long heritage of helping to inspire schoolchildren of all ages and abilities to get active. Building a cookery equipment element into the program two years ago was a great extension to the scheme, to show kids that eating well is just as important as moving well, and we will continue to focus on as part of Active Kids for 2017.”
Mrs A Rourke, Head Teacher at Knypersley First School, said: “We want to thank all the parents and children for their huge effort and commitment to collecting Active Kids vouchers. They make such a difference to our school and provide much-needed equipment that we otherwise wouldn’t have access to. We’re delighted to welcome Ellie back to our school, she is a great inspiration to the pupils here, and there is lots of excitement for her cookery lesson.”
Ellie Simmonds is an ambassador for Sainsbury’s Active Kids, alongside fellow Team GB Paralympic hero Jonnie Peacock, Liverpool footballer Daniel Sturridge and England Women’s footballer Lucy Bronze.
Since 2005, Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme has provided children with the opportunity to have a go at activities like cooking, martial arts and dance encouraging kids to lead healthier and more active lives from a young age. Sainsbury’s is committed to making a real difference to the lives of young people by supporting children to eat well, move well and live well.
To find out more about Sainsbury’s Active Kids go to https://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk
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