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Eagles team up with Northumbria on new schools programme

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Eagles team up with Northumbria on new schools programme

A unique partnership between one of the north east’s most successful sporting clubs and a top performing NHS organisation, has today been unveiled in Cramlington.

Newcastle Eagles basketball club has joined forces with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to deliver its ‘Hoops for Health’ community programme working with school children across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Professional basketball players will be working with hundreds of school children aged between nine to 11 years, to support both Northumbria Healthcare’s local health improvement activity and help develop artwork for the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital due to open in Cramlington in 2015.

This is the first time Newcastle Eagles has worked with a major NHS hospital trust in the region to promote health messages about the importance of exercise, healthy eating and advice on the dangers of smoking.

The 2013 ‘Hoops for Health’ programme will also feature a new arts competition where local school children will have the opportunity to help develop ideas for artwork to be displayed in the new short-stay paediatric facility at the new specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington.

Andrea Stoker, general manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with the Newcastle Eagles to help engage local school children about living a healthy lifestyle and also get them involved with developing art for our new hospital in Cramlington.

“Our community arts project will give young people across our area the chance to really shape the look and feel of artwork in the new paediatric facility and also share their ideas about what images would make them feel safe and calm if they ever needed to stay in hospital.”

Fabulous Flournoy, player coach at Newcastle Eagles said: “Our partnership with Northumbria is all about teaching young people the importance of physical activity and eating a balanced diet so that they can lead healthy lifestyles, stay fit and well and hopefully avoid any circumstances where they might need hospital care.

“As professional sporting role models it is often easier for us to connect with children to relay these important messages about their own health and wellbeing.

“We’re delighted that the programme this year will also get young people involved with artwork ideas for the paediatric facility at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital – a fantastic new state-of the-art facility which will serve them, and their families, for many years to come.”

Artwork ideas from the school children for the new paediatric facility at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital will be shared with the Trust’s art steering group as work progresses on the new hospital building.