03 August, 2010
Sounds ominous doesn't it? Chiefs,
Pirates and Cherries, I'm talking of course about the Exeter
Chiefs, Cornish Pirates and Bournemouth football club. It's great
that all three clubs have come out in support of the Dig Down South
West campaign recently.
We had a great day with the children at Topsham School near
Exeter and some of the players from the Exeter
Chiefs. Tom Johnson, Neil Clark and Mark Foster all came along
and helped the youngsters to harvest some of the vegetables they've
been growing through the initiative. They got stuck in and were
really interested in what the school had been doing. It was really
nice to see!
We've put some of the best photos from the visit on the Dig Down
website. In the last month or so, we've also been getting some
superb pictures from the schools involved in Dig Down, showing what
they've been up to and some of the cracking fruit and vegetables
they've managed to grow. Of course, we're edging ever closer to the
school summer holidays so everyone's been really busy over the last
Further west from Exeter and the children at St Meriadoc Primary
School in Camborne, Cornwall received a visit from some of the
players from the Cornish Pirates this month. On a hot, sunny day
Laurie McGlone, Ian Nimmo and Rob Elloway turned up to take a tour
of the school vegetable garden and see what's been grown.
As well as these two particular visits, AFC Bournemouth's Captain, Steve
Fletcher wrote personally to five schools in Dorset to show their
support and encouragement for Dig Down South West. They also sent
some goody bags to the schools involved, which I think is a really
kind and thoughtful gesture.
It's really encouraging that all these busy sports professionals
have taken time out of their busy schedules to visit the schools
and see the children first-hand. I always think that whether it's a
rugby or football player, they can act as excellent role models for
the youngsters and inevitably the children look up to them.
Quite often they're influenced by their sporting heroes and so
if they can help to impart wise words about healthy eating and
exercise it can only be a good thing for the children.