The GoFitba project came to a close last week at Spartans and it is clear to see that it has been a tremendous success for everyone associated with the Edinburgh club.
Spartans have been running the project, started by the Scottish Football Partnership Trust to teach children from disadvantaged areas about the benefits of exercise and healthy-eating, to the children of Granton Primary School.
The club is very excited to be a part of the GoFitba project, as was emphasised by Club Community Coach, Kerr Allen.
“We got involved because we thought in the local area to be working it would be something that would benefit the kids that we work on and overall on a whole it has definitely helped them.
“The kids have come in from Granton Primary School, it’s probably one of the closest schools to our academy that we’ve got. So when they got involved we thought, who would benefit from it, what kids would benefit from it?
“The project went really well. I think at the start the kids weren’t really sure what exactly it was going to result in but I think by the end of it definitely, from the first week to the last, you could see a massive development in the kids and especially what they do about healthy eating.
“The main highlight for me was probably speaking to the parents at the end. We made a couple of phone calls just to try and get some feedback and just to see how it was affecting them back home and the comments we had were that the boys were coming home wanting the food that we’ve given them for lunch and their dinner and they were discussing with their parents exactly what they’ve been doing.
“So for me that’s what we wanted to happen. We wanted the kids to take on board what we’ve been telling them and for them to go home and be speaking to their parents and asking their parents to make these meals that we’ve been giving them is probably the biggest highlight for me.
“The last day was really good. The kids loved it. Because it was the last day we said that the kids could choose what they ate and the big thing for me was when we said kids’ choice for food we were expecting chippies, McDonalds, etc... But the kids actually chose chicken fajitas.
“It might not be the healthiest thing but for kids to choose chicken fajitas over McDonalds, takeaways and stuff like that I think that was massive.
“I think that was a result of what we’ve been learning over the last few weeks. I think if we’d asked them on the first week their answers might have been different.”
It is clear to see that this is a project that has had a positive impact on the children of Granton Primary as well as the wider community and it may not be long before we see other schools in the area get involved in the initiative in the future.