There was more on the menu than just dinner for Fylde coast schoolchildren when footballers paid them a visit to celebrate healthy lifestyles.
Players from Blackpool FC and Fleetwood Town FC visited schools in Marton and Poulton as part of a National School Dinners Week celebration yesterday.
The initiative offered children across the Fylde a free school meal as a taster in a bid to encourage families to take up hot, nutritious meals for children in school each day.
Sandra Harvey, operations manager for Blackpool Council, said: “It’s about trying to promote healthy eating, a school meal is balanced, healthy and served hot, it boosts their energy through the afternoon.”
Blackpool FC players Matt Gilks and Adam Dodd visited St Nicholas CE Primary School, on School Road, Marton, for a question time with Year Five pupils yesterday.
And Fleetwood Town defender Nathan Pond visited Poulton CE Primary School, on Hardhorn Road, yesterday afternoon to talk about healthy lifestyles after all the school enjoyed a free school dinner together, along with the Mayor of Wyre, Coun John Hodgkinson.
Headteacher Peter Hyland said: “If children get a really good, tasty, nutritional lunch it’s at the right time of the day for energy.
“The day was a nice occasion and strengthened when Nathan Pond came in to explore how you can keep healthy.”
Mr Pond added: “It is really important to children’s wellbeing that they have a healthy and nutritious diet as well exercise regularly.”
The school lunch initiative also saw kitchen staff have a ‘master class’ session run by the workforce development team to refresh their skills.
Schools will now see a new menu for lunches, to include favourites such as roast beef, meat and potato pie and spaghetti bolognese.