The children waited patiently as each class was called up for a photo with the players, who chatted about their meals and how they eat as professional sportspeople.
The Health Month has not just been about the meals; over 3,500 pupils joined four live assemblies online with the Foundation and special guests that included Norwich City’s Michael McGovern, to discuss four key topics of wellbeing: sleep, nutrition, exercise, and giving.
Speaking to Rob Butler, for BBC Radio Norfolk’s The Scrimmage, after the visit, Josh Sargent said:
“A lot of these young kids look up to us, and what we’re eating is obviously a big part of who we are and how we can perform well. If we can help them with that, they’re going to have healthier, better lives and it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Dimitris Giannoulis added:
“It was really fun, the kids were great and it’s really nice to see them so happy.”
Year 3 teacher Eloise Peek described the moment the players appeared:
“It was amazing, the children’s faces when they came in. They were just so excited!
“They’ve been excited for the past four weeks when they got cards with recipes and facts on. They’ve shown their grown-ups at home and some of them have even cooked some of the meals.”
Andrew Lipscomb, Operations Director for Norse Catering, said:
“For us it was a really exciting project. Anything that we can do to encourage children to look at food and nutrition, we can’t go wrong.”
“It’s proven that if children eat a lunch that is nutritionally balanced, they learn better.
Stevie Bramble, Head of Curriculum for Norwich City Community Sports Foundation said:
“It’s been great to get them (the children) trying other things from other cultures, inspired by the players.
“The impact we’ve had over the last four weeks has been phenomenal and we look forward to seeing where we go from here.”
Zoe Ward, Executive Director of Norwich City Football Club, said:
“I am delighted with the way the Active Canaries Health Month has been such a hit with so many schools and young people – we have a duty as a football club to inspire the next generation to lead healthy, active lifestyles.”
“The reach we have had this past month, with the help of the Foundation, players and staff, and Norse Catering, has been phenomenal, but it is is just the start of the journey.”