Players from the Bristol Academy Flyers basketball team have taken part in a celebration tournament to showcase and reward participants for their hard work in learning the importance of an active, healthy heart lifestyle.
The ‘Hoops 4 Healthy Hearts’ programme is being run by the Bristol Academy Flyers, thanks to a £9,200 Healthy Heart Grant from national charity Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® stores.
The tournament was a great opportunity for the children from across Bristol to come together and enjoy an active lifestyle. They were able to show their families their new skills and how much they have learned from the sessions. There was great excitement all round as representatives from each school took part, getting their hearts beating faster to try and win the mini games.
The programme has been a huge success, with over 1,200 Young People in Bristol taking part. The celebration tournament was a fantastic opportunity for the programme to showcase their success.
The Hoops 4 Healthy Hearts project aimed to improve the Heart Health of Year five and six pupils by helping them to gain the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour that lead to healthy lifestyle choices. The project has received great feedback from both the children and teachers, with interest in taking up basketball in Bristol, dramatically increasing.
Doug McLaughlin-Williams, Bristol Academy Flyers Player, says: “I'd like to thank everyone who helped make the ‘Hoops 4 Healthy Hearts’ project so successful. Firstly, Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® for supplying us with everything we needed to deliver the health education segments as well the practical basketball sessions. I would also like to thank all of the schools and staff in the North Bristol area who took part in this outstanding programme. And last but not least, the pupils who were willing to try new things, and learned a tremendous amount as a result.
“I'm proud to say I am a part of this, and hope to continue making a positive impact on the future stars of greater Bristol.”
Danny James, Head of Community Development at Bristol Academy Flyers, says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® stores to deliver this practical and creative Healthy Heart project. Our aim is to engage pupils with lifestyle messages they will never forget, and with the help of professional basketball players, it is proving to be a great success. We would once again like to thank Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® stores for this wonderful opportunity.”
Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK, says: “It’s great to see local role models getting involved in helping to spread the Healthy Heart message to the community. It is helping the children to learn about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and projects like this are a great way of focusing on heart health in a fun and interactive way.”
Manaaz Akhtar, Head of Marketing for the SUBWAY® brand in the UK and Ireland, says: “The SUBWAY® brand is delighted that through the partnership with Heart Research UK, the HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grant programme is available. SUBWAY® stores in HTV have enjoyed fundraising, and it’s great to see initiatives such as this come to fruition as a result of the money generously donated by our customers in store.”