Pupils create meals fit for sporting champions

Greg Simpson and Ryan Reid cooking a chorizo pasta with mixed vegetables recipe donated by Rangers Football Club
Greg Simpson and Ryan Reid cooking a chorizo pasta with mixed vegetables recipe donated by Rangers Football Club

PUPILS from Peterhead Academy have learned how to cook meals fit for the nation’s sports stars.

The S3 youngsters followed recipes provided by some of the top chefs in football, rugby and athletics at a sporting lunch held on Wednesday, March 13.

Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally with pupils Natasha Merchant and Robyn Kidd who cooked a honey and sesame beef noodle recipe donated by the Scottish Rugby Team

Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally with pupils Natasha Merchant and Robyn Kidd who cooked a honey and sesame beef noodle recipe donated by the Scottish Rugby Team

British Olympic swimmer Robbie Renwick had also shared his advice on the benefits of healthy eating.

The aim of the lunch was to promote healthy eating by demonstrating how important diet is to people competing in professional sport.

The Active Schools event was held in conjunction with the Buchan Feeling Good Festival.

Top football clubs such as Peterhead, Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers shared some of their dietary tips, while the Scottish Rugby Union also provided details of the meal plans followed by rugby professionals.

Peterhead Football Club manager, Jim McInally was there to witness the cooking of the meals and along with Paul Becci, manager of Gillanders Motors, unvailed the new Active Schools notice board at the Academy which promotes the activities of the programme.

Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This is a great event to show the many benefits of healthy eating. Many of these teenagers will have aspirations to follow a sporting career, and this lunch will allow them to develop first-hand knowledge of how important a healthy diet is.”

Vice-chair of the committee, councillor Ron McKail added: “This event shows the great work being done by the Active Schools programme and this can only encourage others to follow a fit and active lifestyle.”

Acting depute head of Peterhead Academy, Ian Berstan said: “This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to see the value of what they are doing and can help them learn skills which will let them bridge the gap between school, life and the world of work.”