Hearty welcome for Flyers' basketball stars at Henleaze school
PUPILS were cock-a-hoop when members of a professional basketball team dropped in to their school to give them advice about looking after their hearts.
Children at Henleaze Junior School in Westbury-on-Trym played host to the Bristol Academy Flyers earlier today.
The Flyers, who compete in the English Basketball League Division 1, play their home matches at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.
Among those on the visit to the school was the Flyers' star player Doug McLaughlin-Williams.
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The basketball players visited the junior school pupils as part of a Hoops for Healthy Hearts project, which has been funded by a £9,200 Healthy Heart grant by Heart Research UK and sandwich shop chain Subway.
The project aims to improve the health of Year 5 and 6 pupils by helping them understand more about healthy lifestyle choices.
The children will receive basketball coaching and compete in a tournament against other schools.
The project, which includes interactive classroom sessions, will be delivered in 20 schools across Bristol and will benefit more than 1,200 children.
Danny James, head of community development at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, said: "Our aim is to engage pupils with lifestyle messages they will never forget, and with the help of professional basketball player, I'm sure it will be a great success."