Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Ltd. have joined forces with Leicester City, Leicester Tigers, Leicester Riders, and Leicester Hockey Club in a unique programme “Playing 4 Health”.

Thanks to the support of Leicester City NHS, and using the excitement and legacy of the 2012 Olympics, the five main sporting clubs of Leicestershire plan to visit every primary school in the Leicester city area to deliver a fun and active high-intensity exercise programme to engage as many Year 3 and 4 pupils as possible.

Professional coaches will be available for 5 weeks of activity in school sessions designed to increase movement skills and create an awareness of the physical and social benefits of being active, making healthy choices and playing regular sport of any kind on a weekly basis.

Each pupil in the programme will enjoy up to 60 minutes activity per week and, as well as the five weeks of coaching, each professional club will run its own festival event in the form of a mini Olympics and all schools will be invited to enter a mixed team of 10 into a major festival day on 20th June 2013 at the University of Leicester’s  Stoughton Road playing fields.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket (LRC) festival will be held at Grace Road on Thursday 11th April between 11am – 1pm and has been organised to provide an opportunity for the SEN schools involved in the programme to get involved in a mini Olympics festival.

Crown Hills young leaders with Charlie Fox at the 2012 playing 4 health festival

As well as support from the University of Leicester, clubs will be working with secondary schools and using the model created by the Loughborough-based ‘Flames Programme’ to encourage some of the city secondary school students to join in and take a leadership role in helping to run the festivals under the guidance of the sporting clubs’ professional staff.

More than 4,000 pupils aged 7, 8 and 9 will take part in the programme with over 150 secondary school leaders lending a hand.

With the major club and Leicester City NHS support, as well as links to Loughborough Flames, the Olympic Legacy, Leicestershire and Rutland Sport, and the University of Leicester, the Playing 4 Health Programme is a unique and inspiring project that will help create a positive benefit to the health and fitness of thousands of young pupils across the Leicester city area.

To find out more about Playing 4 Health with Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket please phone Laura Joyce on 0116 2442198 or laura@leicestershirecricket.co.uk