15,000 Target for Healthy Living Programme

County’s unique healthy living programme which focusses on children aged between 7 and 11 is on target to reach over 15 000 youngsters this season.

The programme which delivers key healthy living messages to whole schools during a 30 to 45 minute assembly is unique to County and plays a key role in supporting positive messaging in schools.

Vernon Bear presenting!

The importance of a healthy diet, regular exercise and being a positive community member are just some of the key messages delivered along with key advice about road safety and the dangers posed by cigarettes and alcohol.

The programme is delivered by a professional team including a former teacher, professional entertainer and a member of the first team squad.

At the end of the presentation all of the children are invited to attend the next home match free of charge along with any brothers and sisters and one of their parents thanks to the support of the Vernon Building Society.

Vernon Bear hugging a Stockport County Fan

The programme was initially pioneered by current County Director Steve Bellis in 1991 and played a huge role helping to educate hundreds of thousands of youngsters and building the club’s impressive supporter base throughout the nineties and into the millennium.

Last season just over 13,000 youngsters benefitted from the presentation with over 50 schools participating.

The club is on track to surpass those numbers this season with 15,000 children the season’s target.

Darren Stephenson presenting at a school. He appears to be dancing in front of a cheeseburger, with an 'A' sign around his neck.

The project is free of charge to the schools and is extremely popular. Reviews from the schools are always positive.

The following comments from the Headteacher of All Saints Primary school are typical:

The children absolutely loved it. It was engaging for all the different ages, informative and inspiring too!

A huge thank you finally to all the Stockport County people who visited All Saints’ today (and of course Vernon Bear). They were so good with the children and made it so fun, I am sure lots will be visiting with the free tickets kindly given

County Director Steve Bellis confirmed: “it is fantastic to see that our unique programme is still as popular today as it was in the nineties.

Our presentation team including Stuart Guest, Andy Powell and of course Vernon Bear, are doing a terrific job educating the children in the region and generating long term support for the club.

Stockport County Mascot, Vernon Bear, meeting some All Saints Marple school students during a Healthy Eating presentation

They are ably backed by Simon and Zahra in the commercial office supported by our wonderful Community Foundation.

Through this project the club’s fan base will continue to grow and it is great to see the demand from schools located outside Stockport.”

Schools interested in benefitting from the presentations should contact Zahra at [email protected] or call the commercial office on 0161 266 2700.


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