Cargill Cares – Eat Well, Play Safe

Sharks Community Trust are proud to continue their partnership with long-standing Trust partner Cargill, working together to deliver a bespoke healthy eating programme across Salford with a focus on increasing children’s understanding of food safety, nutrition, and the importance of regular exercise.

The Trust has worked with Cargill since 2014, based out of Trafford Park, Manchester, where delivery is focused on primary schools within the Salford borough.

The six-week programme has been designed by Sharks Community Trust coaches, with the highlight of the programme for many children being the chance to create their own healthy sandwich. Children were also invited to participate in a rugby festival, where all schools participating in the programme come together for some healthy, friendly fun.

So far, the programme has been delivered to circa 450 children, across 15 schools, annually. On Tuesday 28th June, 140 children came to the AJ Bell Stadium to take part in a celebration Tag Rugby Festival to celebrate this programme.

Vicky Irwin, Head of Funding, Development and Partnerships at Sharks Community Trust said:

We are incredibly grateful to our long serving partner, Cargill. We have held a relationship since 2014, and they similarly understand the importance of projects in local communities such as the Cargill Cares ‘Eat Well, Play Safe’ programme.

This tailored programme allows us to support young people with their wellbeing and nutrition whilst highlighting the importance of regular physical exercise through the medium of rugby.

The pandemic, and the last 18 months has been incredibly challenging for everyone, especially children, having faced huge disruption to their daily lives. It’s vital that we come together to make sure young people can having fun through cross-curricular programmes like the Cargill Cares ‘Eat Well, Play Safe’ programme.

Sally Easterbrook, Training Co-ordinator at Cargill said:

“We are proud of our relationship with Sale Sharks and the “Eat Well, Play Safe” programme. Since its launch, over 2000 children have learnt about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. The culmination rugby festival was a great opportunity for myself and colleagues to meet the children and teachers who have participated in the programme and hear from them first-hand about their experiences. They were all very positive about it and it was great to see the children enjoying the tag rugby games”.

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