As part of ISS’ ongoing dedication to supporting child health and happiness, it has teamed up with children’s sports group, Learn Play Grow, during the Wimbledon tennis tournament to deliver a healthy living roadshow, promoting child wellbeing across the country.
The programme, devised by Learn Play Grow founder, Nino Severino and supplemented with health messages from ISS’ nutrition team, aims to bring together as many aspects of child wellbeing as possible – from eating well to keeping active, building confidence and developing social skills.
The partnership’s wellbeing roadshow kicked off on the 22 June and will see Severino and his team visit twelve schools, from South London to North Yorkshire, over the course of a month. Their trip will take them to schools in Barnet, Southwark, Lambeth, Redbridge, Essex, Berkshire, Wakefield and York before finishing in Barnsley on 17 July.
Day one of the roadshow saw 60 year one pupils from Wildridings Primary School in Bracknell enjoy a series of games created to help develop their coordination and teamwork skills, which also tied in healthy eating and lifestyle messages. Woodhurst Primary School also enjoyed an interactive session, preceded by an assembly where Severino talked to the children about his experiences as an Olympic and British No.1 tennis coach.
Severino, founded the organisation with his late wife, Elena Baltacha-Severino who was the British number No.1 tennis player intermittently between 2002 and 2012. Severino and his network of coaches operate across England running motivational wellbeing workshops for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. Their aim is to show pupils the link between food and nutrition with physical and mental development. ISS Education’s team of qualified nutritionists have worked with Learn Play Grow to incorporate key messaging around healthy balanced food to support active lifestyles into their sessions.
Speaking about the partnership, Steve Kemp, Divisional Director, ISS Facility Services Education said: “As well as serving healthy school lunches, we hope to help schools educate children on what they are eating through food education programmes such as healthy eating assemblies, cookery skills sessions and gardening workshops. The addition of the Learn Play Grow programme to these events means that we can continue to evolve the way we support schools and help them to nurture happy, healthy children and communities in as many ways as possible.”