Newcastle Eagles star helps South Shields school’s health drive

Newcastle Eagles' Joe Chapman, front left, and ladies basketball player Taylor Rendles, front right, at Ridgeway Primary Academy as part of the school's health and wellbeing lessons.
Newcastle Eagles' Joe Chapman, front left, and ladies basketball player Taylor Rendles, front right, at Ridgeway Primary Academy as part of the school's health and wellbeing lessons.

Youngsters at a South Tyneside primary school enjoyed some “slam-dunking” fun when basketball stars dropped into their classroom.

Pupils at Ridgeway Primary Academy were given a crash course in the sport in a session led by Joe Chapman from the Newcastle Eagles.

The health and welfare of our children are of the utmost importance to me and all staff

Michael McCarthy

The visit was organised as part of the school’s drive to encourage healthy living among its youngsters.

It also formed part of the basketball team’s Hoops 4 Health programme.

Michael McCarthy, headteacher at the academy in Park Avenue, South Shields, said: “The health and welfare of our children are of the utmost importance to me and all staff.

“We are committed to achieving excellence in everything we do and our PE programme is another example of that.”

The Hoops 4 Health programme highlights the need of eating a balanced diet and the importance of exercise.

Youngsters are then introduced to the world of basketball by being taught some of the games basic moves.

During the summer term, the school officially opened its outdoor gymnasium.

Paul Charlton, the PE coordinator for the school, said: “Ridgeway Primary Academy is working hard to further improve PE in the school.

“All staff are going through an extensive training programme to improve the teaching of PE.

“This is in addition to the trim trail and outdoor gymnasium the school has invested in recently.”