CAPTAIN Lee Wallace today visited Crookston Castle Primary School to launch Rangers’ Plus Sport Move and Learn programme.
Funded by confectioner Kinder and the SPFL Trust, the scheme allows kids to learn about the importance of healthy eating as well as leading an active lifestyle.
Wallace was delighted to attend the school today and took on pupils’ questions in a special Q&A session. Afterwards, he told us: “That was a different challenge and it was nice that they had taken the time out in their groups to get their questions ready.
“I remember being in their shoes back in the day when it might have been a player who I supported that was coming in. It was nice to answer the questions and a different challenge from what we normally get.
“What we are doing with the Charity Foundation and what we do for the city outside of the football side of it is first class. That goes down to the hard work of everyone involved in the Charity Foundation.
“It’s important we continue to work in that way and the players relish coming out and attempting to make people happy, and hopefully gaining something out of it.”
The school’s Formal Depute Head Ms Jacqueline Mathers added: “It’s been absolutely fantastic for the kids. They love doing all the projects associated with Rangers, both the coaching sessions and the work in the classroom too, and to have the captain of Rangers here today has been an absolute thrill for them.
“It has given them that role model to look up to, and it shows a link between football and education, and how children can do what top footballers do in terms of their health – the food that they eat and the routines they have.
“To see a top footballer come in and then link that to their lifestyle gives them the impetus to carry on that healthy eating which is so important.”
Meanwhile Jordan Boyd from the Rangers Charity Foundation explained more about the programme and added: “We were delighted to have Lee Wallace down today to launch our Plus Sport Move and Learn programme which is funded by Kinder.
“It’s a six week course we run through the school term and it talks about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles and getting kids active. It’s 45 minutes in the classroom doing activities followed by 45 minutes in the gym hall getting them moving.
“It’s a really successful programme and we are really happy to be a part of it.”
Annually 1,800 children in the Glasgow area take part in the programme, encouraging future generations to embrace a healthy lifestyle.