Blackpool primary school children have been learning more about leading a healthy lifestyle from professional light middleweight boxer Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose.

The visits to Roseacre and Thames primary schools were made possible through Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool, the partnership between the NHS in Blackpool (the Clinical Commissioning Group and Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust); Blackpool Football Club; and Blackpool Council.

The aim of the partnership programme is to improve the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of every person in the town through positive messages and activities. As Health Ambassador for Fit2Go, Brian is the perfect role model to showcase what the initiative is all about.

Fit2Go is delivered to every one of the town’s 30 primary schools by Blackpool FC Community Trust. It is funded by NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Public Health Blackpool and Blackpool FC Community Trust.

The WBO Intercontinental and British Champion was greeted by hundreds of smiling faces when he visited the schools to talk about how he stays healthy and how some of the things that he does as a part of his professional training can be incorporated into everyday life.

The pupils were given the opportunity to ask Brian questions about his profession and his intense training regime and some even took the chance to stand toe to toe with ‘The Lion’.

Brian said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the kids, educating them about healthy eating and exercise.”

“Boxing is all about being disciplined. If by supporting Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool I can inspire or encourage a child to believe they can succeed then that’s fantastic.”

Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Blackpool CCG, added: “We are delighted that Brian was able to give up his time to visit the two schools. With Brian’s support we are educating young children and their families about the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. His support for Fit2Go and our Altogether Now partnership is crucial and ultimately helping us to improve the health of people in Blackpool.”

To find out more about Fit2Go visit www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk or www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk.

ENDS

Notes to editors: 

Fit2Go is a six week healthy lifestyles and physical activity programme which aims to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle, take part in regular physical activity and to join in with local sports clubs and community programmes to ultimately improve their overall health and wellbeing.

All Year 4 pupils receive a programme of increased physical activity and health education that includes:

  • Healthy lifestyle classroom based sessions
  • Physical activity sessions organised around the school day
  • Extracurricular sessions after school
  • Family health workshops
  • Free community based physical activity sessions
  • Fit2Go celebration festivals and quizzes at Bloomfield Road

For further information please contact Jonathan Bridge, Communications and Engagement Officer for the Altogether Now partnership on 07825823879 or email jonathan.bridge@blackpool.nhs.uk.