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Glenrothes Strollers moving forward with GoFitba project

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As it enters it's ninth week in Glenrothes. the GoFitba project, set up by the Scottish Football Partnership Trust, is continuing to gain positive feedback from coaches, parents and kids alike.
The project, which was started to help children from disadvantaged areas learn about the benefits of excersise and healthy-eating, has been running in Glenrothes courtesy of Glenrothes Strollers, an SFA Quality Mark Community Club.
Founded in 1973, Glenrothes Strollers are an SFA Community Club, one of the largest in the East Region. In 2010, they were voted the SFA National Community Club of the Year, an award that was handed to them at Hampden Park by Kenny Dalglish and Craig Levein.
The club is very excited to be a part of the GoFitba project, as was emphasised by Club Development Officer, Ross Cafferkey.
"I think it has been progressing very well, we've seen a definite improvement in the kids, not just in their footballing ability, but also their attitude to how they're eating and them learning about the good stuff that they should be putting into their bodies to help them in sport and to help them in school so it's definitely been a benefit to the children so far.
"It gives them an opportunity to try new foods that they might not have tried or that they might hve tried but only out of  ready meal so here, at our club, the food is freshly made so it's a big benefit to them to try healthy food that's just been made on the day."
Week nine saw the students of St. Paul's Primary, Pitteuchar East Primary and Warout Primary School take part in a one hour training session to begin the day, beginning with a quick warm-up before moving on to the main theme of the day's training, defence.
Cafferkey said of the day's session, "We've been working this week on defending, so we've been doing a bit of one-on-one's so, going further forward, we will be progressing these skills with the children and hopefully it builds on what we've been doing previously, working on their dribbling and their passing as well."
Once this was done, the session wound down for  few quick five-on-five matches before everyone moved inside for the healthy-eating portion of the day.
The focus this week was on the differences between natural foods and processed foods. The children were then given a list of foods and asked which ones were natural and which were processed.
After filling out the booklets, it was time for their healthy meal of the day, pasta bolognese with bread and a piece of fruit to finish it all off.
The project has proven t be a big hit with the kids as well. Maylin, 9 from St. Paul's Primary said, "I like how we get to work as a team at the end nd to work out what we do.
"On the first week I was here we learned to dribble and we've done quite a lot of things. Also we learned how to pass and chip.
"I learned that there's lots of different kinds of foods that are healthy that you might not know about and you might like so it's a good thing to try them."
Kyle, 10, from Pitteuchar East, said, "I've enjoyed it very much, I used to play football at a different club. [I've enjoyed] the shooting and the passing, like we just do these little, little things."
"I've been way more healthier since the beginning of this."
And Munro, 10, from Warout Primary, who has decided to join Glenrothes Strollers after his time with the GoFitba project said, "It's really fun. It's nice because you get a healthy meal at the end of it and it's good.
"It's good because I get to practice when im not playing with my friends."
At the end of the day, as the parents came to pick up their children, it was clear to see just how much fun everyone was having. The kids were eager to tell their parents what they had learned and the parents were keen to listen, enjoying the energy on display.
The GoFitba project has clearly had a positive impact on everyone involved and we look forward to bringing you more stories from around the country about this positive initiative.
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