Rugby players visit Stapleton nursery

Garry Law and Joe Craggs with Jessamy Penk and Jack Smith, both aged 3.

Mowden Park rugby players Garry Law and Joe Craggs recently visited High Bank Day Nursery in Stapleton, near Darlington.

The pair spoke to the pre-school children about the game and the importance of eating the right things and keeping healthy.

This complements the work the nursery is doing to teach the children about food, nutrition and maintaining active lifestyles.

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High Bank manager Hayley Grainger said: “With a forest school, farm, large play area and varied activity programme, including football and gardening, we are a nursery which embraces outdoor learning.

“As part of this we have been speaking to the children about the importance of being healthy and this includes being active and eating a good, balanced diet.

“One of our parents, Amanda Baker, works at Mowden Park and when she heard about what we were doing she offered to arrange a visit by the players, which we jumped at.

“As well as lots of fun things like letting the children try on their rugby shirts and passing the ball, Gary and Joe also spoke to them about the things they eat to stay fit and also why it’s important to get enough sleep and exercise regularly.

“It was a great visit which the children really enjoyed and we are hoping this will only be the beginning of our link with the club.

“The work we have been done is definitely paying off because one child came into nursery recently and whispered that they were going to McDonalds for tea but stressed they would be having some carrot sticks as they knew these were good for them!”

Anne Rose, Mowden Park’s community manager said: “It was great to visit the nursery and hopefully the children will have been inspired to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in future years.”

The club also gave the nursery tickets for the children and their parents to attend a game before the end of the season.