Rangers Academy player supports GoFitba project

Fri 10th May 2019

Rangers Academy player Jack Thomson enjoyed a football session yesterday (9 May 2019) with kids from Broomhill Primary School, as part of the Rangers Charity Foundation’s GoFitba programme.

Foundation coaches delivered the football session to 18 nine to 10 year-olds, followed by classroom based activities on health and wellbeing, before the young Rangers player discussed the importance of diet and nutrition.

The programme, in partnership with the Scottish Football Partnership Trust, has been specially devised to support Curriculum for Excellence’s Health and Wellbeing outcomes in a fun way, providing young children a platform of regular physical activity and lifestyle education, but it also aims to build motivation, self-confidence, social skills and self-esteem.

Jack Thomson said: “It was great to visit the school today and join in with the kids for a game.  They were very enthusiastic and really listened to the coaches and absorbed everything they were told.

“It’s great that children now get so much information early on about the importance of nutrition and what they should be eating.  It will make a massive difference to their health in the long term.”

Broomhill Primary School Teacher, Alexander Thom, said: This has been a great opportunity for our children to work with coaches who deliver anexcellent programme of health and wellbeing experiences.

“The children and parents have commented so positively about the project and it has been great to see the confidence improve in our children and their enjoyment of the sessions. It will leave the children with great memories and skills to support their healthy lifestyle long term. The coaches have been fantastic and supported our children very well.”

Rangers Charity Foundation’s Community Executive, Keiran Reilly, added: “It was great to have Jack visit the programme today and give the kids the benefit of their experience in terms of how important a healthy lifestyle is for everyone, not just professional athletes.

“They had a lot of fun with the children, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with this programme – deliver important messages in a fun way that means the kids really engage with what were’ saying and take the information on board.”