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Ewood visits help healthy hearts

29 July 2016

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Another important school term teaching children about the importance of healthy hearts has just come to an end at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.

The Club's charitable arm was awarded £10,000 by Heart Research UK to deliver a year-long project in 2016 - Heart of the Game - aiming to educate local children about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
With two of the year's three terms now at a close, the Trust has now taken a summer break from inviting year five and six classes from local primary schools to attend a two-day programme at the educational department at Ewood Park.
It has made the classrooms in the Darwen End a hive of activity as the children learned about the role of the heart, discovered 3D heart rate monitoring, designed a healthy meal for a professional footballer, received first aid training and even got to practice CPR alonghside other heart health quizzes and games.
David Dunwell, who has been overseeing the success of 'Heart of the Game' at the Community Trust, is pleased with the success of the term just gone, explaining:
"The hundreds of children that have come through our door this term have gone away far better equipped to look after their own health and lifestyle, as well as being able to help those around them.

"We have been able to deliver our message with the help of the Rovers players, many of whom recorded messages to help teach the children about healthy eating and exercise, while the stadium has also been a great base to go off on tours, looking at concourse catering, exercise facilities and all the other talking points that Ewood Park generates in relation to health.
"We're looking forward to the next intake coming through our doors in September, because the life skills that the children learn while they're with us - especially important knowledge like CPR - is something that they'll remember for years to come after picking it up in an environment that excites and interests them."

To find out how your school can sign up to Heart of the Game, please visit the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust website.

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