Saracens - A scrummy time for Barnet schools

Apr 17, 2013

A scrummy time for Barnet schools

Tomatoes, onions, mixed salad leaves, balsamic vinegar and olives are foods that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with 10 and 11 year olds, especially foods that they enjoy!

However the Scrummy! project has seen 106 Greek Salads and 53 Fruit Desserts produced and eaten by young budding chefs from primary schools in Barnet and Broxbourne.

During the Spring term, Saracens Community coaches have delivered the six week Scrummy! project through interactive assemblies, classroom lessons on healthy eating, energetic multi-skill sessions, home-based family challenges and practical food preparation activities leading to a ‘Masterchef-style’ class and inter-school competition.

“A fantastic programme which fitted perfectly with our science topics this year. The children loved all of the activities, became more confident in food preparation and improved their team work skills. Thank you for a great six week programme.” – Class Teacher, Millbrook School

To wrap up the project, all pupils and family members were invited to participate in our first ever Food Creation Challenge final at Allianz Park. The top groups from each class competition took part in the Grand Final, reproducing their winning Greek salads and fruit desserts from their classroom session.

To add to the unique experience, guest judges  Nick Auterac and Matt Hankin donned an apron and got stuck in, helping to prepare and judge the dishes  and, they even had time for quick Q&A session with the pupils and parents. After a very tense final, Church Hill Primary School, Barnet were crowned Scrummy! champions. 

 “Many thanks for the hard working for the children and family. My son has an increased interest in the food he regularly eats. Thank you for making this lovely project.” – Parent

To continue the enthusiasm for the healthy eating and cooking within the schools, members of staff from the primary schools were invited to Allianz Park on Friday 1st March to take part in a one day demonstrators course led by members of Let’s Get Cooking (Children’s Food Trust). The course involved lots of hands-on cooking and demonstration practice to give school staff the skills and confidence to teach cookery and set up cooking sessions within their school. 

Saracens have already started delivery of Scrummy! to five primary schools in Brent and will work with a further ten primary schools in September.

Scrummy! is an interactive healthy lifestyle programme developed and delivered by Saracens Community coaches and Let’s Get Cooking, Children’s Food Trust. This six week programme aims to educate 10-11 year olds on the importance of maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle and improving their practical cooking skills in everyday life.

For further information on the Scrummy! project, please contact Simone Shepherd

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