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Dragons rugby stars Gareth Wyatt and Ricky Williams took time out of their busy training schedule to join Crumlin school children at a healthy sandwich workshop organised by Warburtons.

Kath McCarthy | 27/03/2006

Local rugby stars Gareth Wyatt and Ricky Williams took time out of their busy training schedule with Newport Gwent Dragons to join Crumlin school children at a healthy sandwich workshop organised by Warburtons. While Kevin Morgan and Richard Bryan visited St Josephs RC Junior and Infants school in Tredegar.

The family baker took its workshop to Crumlin High Level Primary School and to St Josephs RC Junior and Infants School to teach pupils about the benefits of healthy eating and the role bread plays in a nutritious diet. The players joined the children from years three, four and five to create healthy sandwich fillings to boost their energy.

Warburtons school visitor, June Burrough, said: “Healthy eating is a key part of the national curriculum and the workshops provide a fun way of learning for both teachers and pupils. The fact that Gareth and Ricky took part and shared their good eating habits with the children was great. Now, when they see them on the pitch, pupils will realise how important food is to give them strength and energy throughout the game.”

Phil James from Newport Gwent Dragons said: “Nutrition plays an important part in our Second Half project and all children visiting the club learn about it via Warburtons healthy living exercise in the workout book. We also tell them all about our players’ diets and the foods they eat to give them energy as part of our changing room experience. Gareth, Ricky, Kevin and Richard know all about the importance of a balanced diet as it helps them train and play rugby better – the team even snacks on sandwiches made with Warburtons bread before they run out on the pitch. Without eating healthily, our players wouldn’t have the fuel to perform well during games.”

Miss Thomas, teacher at Crumlin school, added: “Not only did the pupils have fun putting into practice the principles they learnt in Warburtons workshop by making their own healthy sandwiches, but they also had help from Gareth and Ricky along the way.”

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