HHEAPS of shinty for Primary school pupils across Scotland

The Camanachd Association is delighted to announce a three-year partnership with the Food Standards Agency in Scotland to support delivery of a programme of food safety, healthy eating and shinty coaching to thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland.

The Hygiene, Healthy Eating and Activity in Primary Schools (HHEAPS) initiative was successfully piloted earlier this year in Inverness and Argyll reaching more than 700 children. The project will now be extended to reach more than 2000 pupils in over 50 primary schools each year across Scotland for a three year period. The first six-week block has already started and covers Ross-shire, Inverness, Strathspey, Badenoch, Lochaber, Skye, Mid-Argyll, Dunoon, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. A number of top club coaches have been engaged to support CA Development Officers in the delivery of the project, including Stuart Macintosh (Glenurquhart), Willie Cowie (Skye), Michael Clark (Kingussie), Glen Tonkin (Newtonmore).

Russell Jones, Highland Shinty Development Officer, said; “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Food Standards Agency in Scotland. The HHEAPS initiative was extremely successful when piloted earlier this year and we see this as an exciting opportunity to introduce a large number of youngsters to shinty and an important lifestyle message around heathly eating and exercise.”

Charles Milne, Director of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland said “The HHEAPS initiative has developed over the last 6 years into a highly respected and successful resource delivering food hygiene, healthy eating and activity messages to primary school children all over Scotland. The concept of using role models, such as sports coaches from our key sports partnerships, has proved to be a powerful one. In 2012 we were delighted that the Camanachd Association and Clubgolf joined us in the initiative along with our existing key partners Scottish Rugby, the Scottish Football Association and Tennis Scotland. As of March 2012 our partners have helped us deliver the programme to over 70,000 pupils in Scotland.” HHEAPS of shinty for Primary school pupils across Scotland