SCOTLAND’S Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, visited the Rangers Charity Foundation’s new Get Ready For Sport programme at Craigton Primary School in Govan today and was impressed with the work the Foundation is delivering in the community.

The Minister saw the programme in action as children from Primary 2 engaged in games and activities with Rangers coaches and also learned about the benefits of a healthy diet in a mini workshop session.  She even joined in a few of the games to get a real flavour of the prgramme.

Ms Campbell said: “I was delighted to see first-hand the excellent work Rangers Charity Foundation are undertaking in schools to promote health and physical activity.

“Football can be a powerful force for good and it was great to see so many local children inspired to take part in the fun activities”.

“Physical activity delivers many health benefits and I’m really pleased the Rangers Charity Foundation is working with its local communities to bring the Get Ready for Sport Programme to so many young people in Glasgow.”

Get Ready For Sport is a health and wellbeing programme designed to give Primary 2 pupils an introduction to sports and develop their motor skills and basic movement patterns to help long term physical development.

The programme provides fun, upbeat activities with easy to learn lifestyle messages and is tied to the Scottish Government’s Curriculum For Excellence which aims to engage children in sports and promote an active lifestyle, both inside and outside of school.

The Rangers Charity Foundation recently ran a successful pilot project in four schools and has since rolled the programme out to all eight schools in the local area.

Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented, “The programme has proved really popular with the kids as it’s been specially designed to be fun but at the same address all the major areas physical activity should be targeting for children at this stage in their development, helping them achieve their milestones and lay the foundations for a healthy future.

“We are now looking to take the project further and deliver it in schools all over Glasgow to ensure that young people are given the best possible start to their sporting lives.”

“We’re delighted the Minister could take time out from her busy schedule today to come along and see the programme in action, and also hear about our strong commitment to making a real difference in the local community and beyond.”

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