In collaboration with Central Coast Local Health District and Pinnacle, the Central Coast Mariners are playing a major role in educating pre-school children the importance of physical activity.
In what was a great surprise for the children at Gosford Preschool Mariners players Matt Millar and Josh Macdonald turned up to say hello and get a first-hand look at what the ‘Move like a Mariner’ program is teaching the Central Coast pre-schoolers.
Thanks to the funding of Pinnacle Construction, the joint collaboration is currently being administered at 34 early childhood education and care services to approx. 2000 children who are getting active and being taught daily how to ‘Move like a Mariner’.
The six-week ‘Move like a Mariner’ physical activity program encourages educators and children in early childhood education and care settings to participate in intentional fundamental movement skills every day! Better yet, all children who participate receive a certificate and goodie bag from the Mariners and each go into the draw to win a FULL TEAM visit from the Mariners playing squad.
‘Move like a Mariner’ is administered in parallel with the NSW Health ‘Munch & Move’ initiative that promotes the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for young children.
During Millar and Macdonald’s visit to the pre-school, the children spent an hour playing with their Mariners’ heroes in a range of fun football activities and saw first-hand how to move like a Mariner.
Central Coast Local Health District’s Health Promotion Officer, Liesl Greenwood thanked the Central Coast Mariners and Pinnacle for their assistance.
“Munch & Move is all about promoting healthy eating and physical activity,” Greenwood said. “Locally, we have partnered with the Central Coast Mariners to get children in early childhood services active every day.
“Educators across the Central Coast are getting active too, enjoying playing new and fun games with the children. What better way to celebrate Munch & Move’s 10th birthday!”
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the team from Central Coast Mariners and Pinnacle Construction for helping us teach children the importance of a healthy diet and regular physical activity,” Greenwood said