Heart of the Game

by Foundation of Light

Heart charity backs health programme.

Heart Research UK has pledged its support to a local health programme designed to educate more than 1,500 young people about the importance of heart health.

‘Heart of the Game’ is a 10-week course developed and delivered by the Foundation of Light which gives participants an insight into how their heart works, what makes a healthy diet and the importance of living an active lifestyle through a combination of classroom based education and physical/coaching sessions.

The project will run in every Primary School in South Tyneside with more than 1,560 individual participants attending 560 sessions. Heart of the Game also includes family activities, meaning the positive messages are transmitted into the home environment as well as the school setting.

Rob Grainey, Heart of the Game tutor commented: “We’re very grateful for the support of Heart Research UK backing a programme that uses football to help youngsters understand the importance of heart health. Heart of the Game aims to create habits that will help youngsters avoid heart problems in later life and as such is creating a legacy of good health for them and their families.”

Participants will be signposted onto additional Foundation of Light activities and existing South Tyneside health initiatives.

The Foundation of Light Active Bus will also be used to take a ‘snapshot’ of health throughout the region by giving participants a ‘Health MOT’, measuring information such as heart rate, body fat, BMI and other health indicators.

Heart Research UK is a pioneering national charity which has funded cutting edge and innovative medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease for more than 45 years – as well as supporting healthy lifestyle projects like Heart of the Game.

The Sunderland scheme last year also received £9,300 as a joint Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® healthy heart grant to support this project work.

Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK, says:

“It is fantastic to see that the ‘Heart of the Game’ programme has had such an amazing impact on pupils so far and we are delighted that this programme will now spread the Healthy Heart message across the South Tyneside community.”

The Foundation of Light is one of the country’s best developed football charities working with more than 42,000 children and adults every year across Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside.