Rangers Captain Inspires Future Generation With +Sport, Move and Learn
Tue 24th January 2017
Lee Wallace visited Crookston Castle Primary School yesterday as part of the Foundation’s + Sport, Move and Learn programme with the SPFL Trust and Kinder and took time out to chat to the children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
The programme works with kids aged 9-10 years in schools across the city to encourage physical activity and promote nutritional education.
Wallace was delighted take pupils’ questions in a special Q&A session and commented, “That was a different challenge! It was nice that they had taken the time out in their groups to get their questions ready.
“I remember being in their shoes back in the day when it might have been a player who I supported that was coming in.
“What we are doing with the Charity Foundation and what we do for the city outside of the football side of it is first class. That goes down to the hard work of everyone involved in the Charity Foundation.”
“It’s important we continue to work in that way and the players relish coming out and attempting to make people happy, and hopefully gaining something out of it.”
The school’s Depute Head Jacqueline Mathers added: “It’s been absolutely fantastic for the kids. They love doing all the projects associated with Rangers, both the coaching sessions and the work in the classroom too, and to have the captain of Rangers here today has been an absolute thrill for them.
“It has given them that role model to look up to, and it shows a link between football and education, and how children can do what top footballers do in terms of their health – the food that they eat and the routines they have.
“To see a top footballer come in and then link that to their lifestyle gives them the impetus to carry on that healthy eating which is so important.”
The Foundation’s Jordan Boyd added, “We were delighted to have Lee Wallace down today. +Sport, Move and Learn is a six week course we run through the school term and it talks about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles and getting kids active.
“It’s 45 minutes in the classroom doing activities followed by 45 minutes in the gym hall getting them moving. It’s a very successful programme and we are really happy to be a part of it.”
Annually 1,800 children in the Glasgow area take part in the programme, encouraging future generations to embrace a healthy lifestyle.