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Percy Hedley Become First SEN School To Benefit From Foundation’s Premier League Match Fit Programme

Eighteen pupils from Percy Hedley have become the first from an SEN school to take on the Newcastle United Foundation’s Premier League Match Fit Programme.

More than four thousand primary school children have taken part in the six week course so far since August, learning about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices.

The programme is split between one hour classroom based sessions, followed by another hour of sporting activity. The course aims to improve awareness and knowledge of healthy lifestyles as well as increasing levels of physical activity within children.

After working with around five hundred pupils each half term last year, the programme has gone from strength to strength and sees an SEN school getting involved in activities for the very first time.

John Strachan, Speech and Language Teacher at Percy Hedley said,

‘The Match Fit course was a great success and went down really well with the 18 KS3 Speech & Language students from Percy Hedley.  The coaches were excellent and the way they modified their sessions and language to meet the needs of all the students was admirable.’

‘Both coaches were excellent with the students and delivered the lessons in a fun and interactive way.   All feedback from support staff involved in the theory sessions has been very positive and the students can even now still recall some of the key facts covered during the sessions.’

Adam Herczeg and Andrew Johnson from Match Fit, delivered the comprehensive block of classroom based sessions. Whilst the Foundation’s own Mark Daglish and Reggie Dornan, from our Disability football project, delivered a series of physical practical sessions in the school sports hall.

‘All in all, a very positive experience indeed and one which I would have no hesitation in recommending to other SEN schools’, Mr Strachan added.

After six weeks of exceptional sessions, the school were then invited to St. James Park to finish off the last week of the programme, in a private corporate box. The cherry was added to the cake afterwards when things were rounded off for the pupils, with a stadium tour.


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