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Partnership with Giants to deliver healthy living programme in schools

Hundreds of Greater Belfast primary schoolchildren are set to benefit from an education programme focused on healthy eating and living an active lifestyle, thanks to an exciting new partnership between George Best Belfast City Airport and the Giants.

Entitled ‘Giant Fliers’, the initiative will see Giants players visiting four primary schools across the city once a week for four weeks to deliver the programme to key stage two pupils.

The primary schools involved are Seaview, St Malachy’s, Knocknagoney and St Kevin’s. A key part of the scheme will provide the P5-7 pupils with the opportunity to watch their new ‘teachers’ in action by attending a Belfast Giants home match at The SSE Arena.

The programme is the latest to receive support from Belfast City Airport’s Community Fund which, now in its seventh year, has provided over £250,000 of financial support to more than 100 local community projects and groups.

Michelle Hatfield, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility at Belfast City Airport, said:
“The importance to young people of eating healthily and living an active lifestyle cannot be overstated and helping to facilitate young people to do this is one of the key aims of the airport’s Community Fund.

“The Belfast Giants have made a hugely positive contribution to the local community since they arrived in 2000 and we are delighted to partner with them for the Giant Fliers programme, which will not only enrich the children’s education, but help to instil healthy eating and living habits at an early age.

“We look forward to seeing the children getting involved and hearing how they take on board the messages being delivered by the players. The scheme will appeal to children who love sport and already exercise, as well as to those who maybe don’t exercise enough.”

Giant Fliers was launched at the SSE Arena recently, with pupils from all four schools in attendance. The first school visit is set to take place this month.
Each month will see the programme visit an individual school, with the first week bringing the ‘Healthy Eating’ message to the young people and the next three weeks focusing on the ‘Active Lifestyle’ message.

Mark Brooks, Commercial Manager of the Giants, commented:

“The programme will see the Belfast Giants providing the young people of Belfast with the facts they need to help pursue a healthy and active lifestyle, while meeting their ice hockey heroes.

“Thanks to the fantastic support of Belfast City Airport, the pupils will have the opportunity to hear information about food choices as well as participating in exercises demonstrated by the Giants.

“We were delighted to welcome the schoolchildren to the SSE Arena to help launch the programme and look forward to hosting them again when they come to watch one of our home games later in the season.”

For more information on the community fund or to find out how your group can apply for funding, please contact communityfund@belfastcityairport.com. The George Best Belfast City Airport can also be found on Facebook (George Best Belfast City Airport) and Twitter (@BelfastCity_Air).

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