BMX World Champion Liam Phillips peddles some healthy inspiration to Manchester pupils
21 Apr 2016
UCI BMX World Champion (2013) and Team GB hopeful for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Liam Phillips, has been inspiring pupils at St Saviour CE Primary School in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.
Liam visited the school last week to share his experience with the pupils as part of the Team GB collective of athletes spearheading the Get Set to Eat Fresh programme to encourage children to eat healthy, fresh food in partnership with supermarket Aldi.
Over 170 pupils met the inspirational young sportsman as he visited each class individually and took part in a variety of activities around healthy eating.
Liam planted some vegetables in the school allotment and even got involved with making some healthy fruit kebabs and sandwiches.
He was later put to the test with year 4 as the class looked at the maths of a healthy shopping menu. At the end of the visit Liam took centre stage selling fruit kebabs to parents and other pupils to help raise funds for the school playground.
Earlier this month Liam continued his road to Rio 2016 by began his Olympic year by claiming his fourth consecutive victory at the BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester. Phillips, 27, led home a British one-two in the elite men's event ahead of team-mate Kyle Evans.
One pupil who was particularly excited to meet Liam is year 4’s Aleesha Allen-Price, a budding BMX cyclist. As a keen member of the Manchester BMX Club she recently received the accolade of best female newcomer and has also qualified for the British Championships.
Aleesha credits her love of healthy ‘power foods’ to Liam and is keen to ensure that she follows in his footsteps, so listened intently to her idol as he talked through the benefits of healthy options to assist with sporting success.
Get Set to Eat Fresh is a collaboration between the British Olympic Association (BOA) and Aldi – the first supermarket to partner with Team GB – which aims to improve the lifestyles of 7-14 year-olds at schools nationwide by championing cooking and eating healthy, fresh food.
The initiative unites Aldi’s love and knowledge of food with inspirational and engaging stories of Team GB athletes; providing teachers with engaging and exciting materials for delivering education on healthy eating via its dedicated website, www.getseteatfresh.co.uk.
The site includes insights into athlete nutrition and video content featuring Team GB athletes talking about their diets. There are ongoing opportunities for schools to receive a visit from a Team GB athlete, where children will have the chance to cook with some of the nation’s Olympians.
St Saviour’s was selected to receive a visit from Liam following its great work promoting healthy eating at the school.
Speaking at the visit, Liam said: “It has been great to meet all of the children today. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for healthy eating has been really impressive and I really enjoyed joining in with all of the activities.
“I hope that my visit will not only encourage the pupils to think more about the food that they eat but inspire them to get on their bikes too. ”
Jon Moorhouse, Deputy Head and visit coordinator said: “Today has been a great insight for all our year groups into the role that a healthy diet plays in leading an active lifestyle.
“Liam has spent time immersing himself in so many different activities with the children and it’s been a really fun day for everyone involved. We wish him well in his quest for success in Rio and we will all be following his progress over the months to come.”
Bill Sweeney, CEO of the British Olympic Association, added: “We are all hugely excited about Get Set to Eat Fresh – the health of young people in the UK and the aim of them leading a balanced active lifestyle is key to our strategic vision. We are delighted that Aldi has partnered with us on this initiative and I am looking forward to seeing the progress on Liam’s road to Rio”.
Jonathan Neale, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said: “Aldi and Team GB’s Get Set to Eat Fresh programme will provide teachers across the UK with the opportunity to bring the excitement around Team GB’s Road to Rio into classrooms and educate young people about the importance of cooking and eating healthy meals – just like their Team GB heroes.”
So far, over 1760 schools around the UK have registered to take part and over 378,000 young people are already engaged in the programme since its launch in November 2015.
For more information about Aldi’s partnership with Team GB visit: www.aldi.co.uk
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