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21 February 2020

JOE Sbarra and Reece Hutchinson attended Burton Albion Community Trust's new Happy Healthy Holidays programme hosted at Burton Fields School this afternoon.

The Happy Healthy Holidays club is a holiday club run by the Community Trust, where children attending can enjoy plenty of football-related activities while receiving advice on nutrition, diet and exercise from Trust staff.

The aim is to help keep the kids happy, healthy and having fun during the school holidays.

The sessions have been run at Burton Fields School over the half-term week, with midfielder Joe and left-back Reece joining in the fun and games, as well as explaining the importance of nutrition and exercise, on Friday.

And the two first-team players took part in a number of the activities, including fast-paced team exercises and competitions, before being involved in a dance session taught by BACT staff. 

BACT Primary School Projects Manager Paul Furniss said: "It provides a fantastic opportunity for the children who might not get access to sporting activities in the half-term holidays.

"The added benefit of this scheme is we're widening the offer to encompass healthy nutrition and a variety of different games - for them to come out and play games with our members of staff is really beneficial.

"It's fantastic value to the programme to have Joe and Reece here - it gives the children opportunity to have role models they can see who play for their local football club.

"For them to come and engage is really beneficial."

Chief Operations Officer for the Central Cooperative Learning Trust Deb Bacon said: "The Happy Healthy Holidays club is a great opportunity for the children to get involved in preparing and eating their own food socially."

Brewers midfielder Joe Sbarra said: "It's good that when the kids have time off school, they know there's a good place for them to come where they can meet new people and learn new things.

"In the group I was with, you could see the teamwork and their skills developing."

Burton Albion defender Reece Hutchinson said: "I thoroughly enjoyed it - all the activities that Burton Albion Community Trust were putting on were great.

"Camps like this help keep the kids active, especially when they're off school, as well as make friends, come along and have fun."

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