Mansfield Town Football in the Community yesterday put away the footballs and encouraged youngsters to switch off the consoles, to participate in workshops focussing on Healthy Eating, and First Aid/ Emergency CPR.
Twenty-three young people aged 5 to 15 took part in two workshops, delivered by Sainsbury’s [Mansfield] and AW Safety Management LTD respectively.
The morning workshop, delivered by the Mansfield branch of Sainsbury’s helped to celebrate the supermarkets 150 Years of Community work and saw fresh fruit and veg laid on in a Halloween buffet style for youngsters to enjoy, with many youngsters sampling different fruit and vegetables for the very first time.
Youngsters were given more information on each item by the stores colleagues Jane Wilson and Louise Taylor who also gave advice to youngsters on how they could incorporate the items into their daily diet, to reach the five-a-day goal.
Speaking of the visit from the popular supermarket, Community Manager Gary Shaw said “We feel it’s important for the kids which is why we’re happy to invite the ladies from Sainsburys down to the One Call Stadium. It’s a healthy option for the kids to consider, especially at this time of year where they’ll be getting a lot of sweets and sugar!
“Obviously were predominantly about sports & football but we do like to try and educate the kids about healthy lifestyles, nutrition and the importance of getting their five a day – hopefully they’ll take something positive away from this and be more open to adding that extra bit of fruit to their lunch boxes when they go back to school”
Following on from the Healthy Eating Workshop, youngsters then took part in a Basic First Aid and CPR training workshop, led by AW Safety & Management LTD, who run workshops throughout the year for young people.
The company were at the One Call Stadium as part of the British Heart Foundations continued “re-start a heart” campaign and showed youngsters how to put someone into the recovery position, do chest compressions and perform CPR.
Premier League Primary Stars coordinator Jordan Ferrer said “It’s one of those things where knowing first aid, everyone should know. No matter where you are you could be called upon to help in an emergency situation, the more people that know [how to do it] the more lives can be saved.
“We’ve read about cases where it’s the adult whose needed help, so getting even the most basic information across to the children is something we felt passionate about and were more than happy to get involved with as a Community Scheme and it’s something we’ll look to do again in the future.”
Amanda Neuville from AW Safety & Management added “I think it’ll give them a bit more confidence if a situation was to ever happen. I was surprised by some of the reactions, especially from the younger ones who were fantastic – it’s great to see them take it on board and be so enthusiastic”
Mansfield Town Football in the Community would like to thank both AW Safety & Management LTD and Sainsbury’s [Mansfield] for their help and assistance in hosting the sessions.