A group of lucky pupils were treated to a VIP visit yesterday afternoon when Burnley FC’s star midfielder, Jeff Hendrick, stopped by.
Jeff was dropping in on the pupils at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Barnoldswick to present them with certificates and to congratulate them on completing the Schools’ Healthy Eating Programme with Burnley FC in the Community.
The six-week course, delivered by Community’s experienced Health and Wellbeing staff, aims to educate Year Five children on the benefits of healthy eating.
During the visit, the children also got the chance to ask Jeff lots of questions about his own diet and learned why, as a professional footballer, eating well is such an important part of his job.
With plenty of questions prepped for the Republic of Ireland international, pupils queried Jeff about his favourite fruits and vegetables, what he likes to eat for breakfast before a game and even what is hobbies are.
After a big group photo, the pupils also had their certificates signed by the midfielder.
Abby Turner, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Burnley FC in the Community said: “It’s so brilliant for children to learn about healthy eating from someone like Jeff, for whom diet and exercise are such a vital part of his job.
"It was a great way for them to understand more about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.”
Mrs Henderson, Year Five teacher at St. Joseph’s Barnoldswick said: “The children absolutely loved meeting Jeff! It was a such a lovely way to top off a fantastic few weeks with Burnley FC in the Community.”
To learn more about Health and Wellbeing at Burnley FC in the Community, please contact Abby Turner on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.burnleyfccommunity.or.