At Sporting Communities we believe that every child deserves the right to a healthy balanced diet.
Many families are finding themselves, through no fault of their own, in a difficult financial situation. Whilst many children can access free school meals during their time at school, during the school holidays a lot of families struggle to provide enough food to feed their children.
Sporting Communities' Cook, Eat, Play programme provides a setting whereby families who need additional support can come together and access a high quality service that addresses this issue.
Cook - Children and young people are able to prepare healthy, nutritious meals. Children are also taught about the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet in a way that is fun and easy to understand. The wider family are also taught simple food preparation techniques that make cooking easy and are shown how they can stretch their budget to provide affordable, healthy, tasty meals.
Eat - Families then sit down together as a community and enjoy the food that the children have prepared, improving community cohesion. Some research suggest that family meals lead to better relationships and better eating habits as well as children having increased self-respect, less chance of depression, obesity, or experimenting with drugs and alcohol later on in life.
Play - Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. The last stage of this programme involves families in a range of free play and non/minimal equipment based play. We teach children and their family members these simple games and activities so that they can easily replicate them in the home or at their local park.