Widnes Vikings Extend Partnership with Improving ME Vanguard

Widnes Vikings Extend Partnership with Improving ME Vanguard widnesvikings.co.uk

13th November 2018

Widnes Vikings are pleased to announce that they have extended their partnership with leading child’s health organisation, the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership, also known as the ‘Improving ME Vanguard’.

The partnership will now progress into a third year, which will see the continuation of the ‘Game Changer’ project which promotes physical fitness and healthy lifestyle messages in local Halton Schools and the development of new projects promoting mental health in secondary schools and for women.

Speaking on the announcement of the partnership, Commercial and Community Director Richard Munson said: “We are really pleased to be announcing another year of partnership work with Improving ME.

“When we started the Game Changer programme two years ago, we were ambitious in what we set to achieve. We wanted to make a difference to the lives of young people and teach them through the power of sport the importance of being fit and healthy.

“The results of the programme have led to members of the partnership presenting on the world stage at the International Conference for Integrated Care in 2017. They outlined the difference the Game Changer model can make and it is pleasing to see the number of schools who have adopted sustainable health and fitness programmes in their settings.”

Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership Director, Catherine McClennan, added: “We are delighted to once again be partnering with Widnes Vikings to deliver positive, educational experiences to young people in schools through ‘Game Changer’.

“Every year, the project reaches 2,000 children and we are pleased to now be able to grow our partnership to encompass mental wellbeing to some key groups in society.”

During the last academic year, ‘Game Changer’ was delivered to over 2,000 children in thirty-six schools across Halton, with incredible results after just 12 weeks of the programme. At the half-way point, 62% of participants improved on the Shuttle Run Test, while 69% improved their Bleep Test score. These scores were reflected at the project’s conclusion where over 50% of children has maintained improvements in their fitness scores.

Community Coach, Rebecca Chambers, commented: “We are delighted that the Game Changer initiative has been renewed for a third year, meaning we can continue to improve the lifestyles of children within Halton.

“Since we began delivering in Schools we have seen huge improvements across all the tests that we carry out, and it is great to see first-hand the children developing week-on-week. We’re hoping our great working relationship with participating schools will lead to an even more successful third year.”

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