The official launch of this season’s Belfast Giants Healthy Lifestyle programme in association with Subway took place this week when Darryl Lloyd and Mark Garside accompanied by Giants Schools’ Co-ordinator Gordon Cameron and Alma & Danny from Subway, visited Holywood Primary School. Despite this being the official launch players have now been out in the schools since late September.
They spoke to the young people about Healthy Lifestyle choices and the importance of exercise along with a balanced diet. Lloyd and Garside also gave the pupils of Holywood Primary School a demonstration of some of the key rules of the sport of ice-hockey.
Speaking at the launch, Belfast Giants fans favourite Darryl Lloyd said, “It’s vital for these young people and others throughout Northern Ireland to know the importance of eating right and living an active lifestyle. Thanks to Subway, this programme will visit over 100 schools and talk to 15,000 plus kids before the end of the season!”
Steve Thornton, Head of Hockey Operations said, “I firmly believe that what we and Subway are doing is essential as the children are getting the facts they need to help pursue a healthy lifestyle. I want to thank Gordon Cameron, a retired primary school teacher, who is responsible for making the Subway Healthy Lifestyle programme run smoothly year on year and it is through his hard work and commitment that thousands of primary school pupils get the to meet their ice hockey heroes as well as hear about the advantages of a healthy lifestyle in association with Subway.”
The pupils of Holywood listened intently to the information they were given about food choices and thanks to Subway, all of the pupils will get to watch Garside and Lloyd in action again, this time at a home game at the Odyssey Arena before the season is out. Perhaps even more special was, thanks again to Subway, all pupils in attendance received a complimentary Subway treat!
The Belfast Giants wish to sincerely thank Subway for all their support in this important work that reaches out to thousands of young people each year around Northern Ireland as well as to the Principal of Holywood P.S., to Mrs Hart and the other staff members for all their help on the day.
The programme has certainly got off to a great start and by the time you read this the Giants will have brought the Subway Healthy Lifestyle message to thousands of children.
We’ve so far visited schools as far apart as Belfast, Bangor, Islandmagee, Newtownards, Ballynahinch, Whitehead, Downpatrick and Comber. Maybe your school will soon be getting a call to invite you to become part of the Subway Healthy Lifestyle programme!
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) November 11, 2014
Photo – Michael Cooper