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Lindley & Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Launch ‘Grow And Cook’ Project

Fri 5th Jul 2013 | Marketing & PR

The Lindley Group has teamed up with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the Enfield Council Market Gardening Project to fund and deliver a Grow and Cook project to 10 primary schools in the local area, while the Foundation’s coaches will provide a six-week programme of football coaching sessions at the schools.

The new joint initiative dovetails into all of the five focus areas of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation: Health & Wellbeing; Education; Sports Development; Community Development; and Equalities & Inclusion; and forms an integral part of The Lindley Group’s CSR policy which includes promoting healthy eating and nutrition, and actively engaging with the communities around the sites at which it operates.

The Grow and Cook programme involves teachers from the participating schools attending a half day session at Capel Manor Horticultural College to learn about growing vegetables from seed and making raised vegetable beds.  Capel Manor Horticultural College has also supplied all of the seeds for the project, with Lindley and Enfield Council jointly funding other equipment being provided to the schools to enable them to grow herbs and vegetables.

Two chefs from The Lindley Group’s team based at White Hart Lane will be visiting each school to perform a practical cooking demonstration using the ingredients that the children are growing.  The children will also receive an ‘Eat Like A Footballer’ Tottenham Hotspur Foundation cookery book developed by Lindley and designed by the Foundation. 

Anna Standen, -The Lindley Group’s Corporate & Social Responsibility Manager, says:   “The findings of the recent poll by the British Nutrition Foundation has shown just how distanced some children are from the origins of their food and there is clearly a need to help reconnect with where food comes from, how it grows, how to cook it and how it links into a healthy lifestyle like that of footballers.

“The recipes we have developed all use some of the ingredients the children will be growing and the meals are affordable, healthy and tasty.   But this initiative isn’t just about growing and cooking food, it links healthy food with exercise through the football coaching sessions provided by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.”

Grant Cornwell, CEO, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with The Lindley Group as health and wellbeing is a key area of the Foundation’s work. This partnership will help us to educate local primary school children about making healthier eating choices in their day-to-day lives.

“By combining practical cooking lessons with sports coaching sessions, we’re able to demonstrate the important link between a balanced diet and taking part in regular physical activity in order to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Enfield Council has applauded the joint initiative, with Maxine Reed, Head of Learning and Skills for Work Service, stating:  “This project is a fantastic collaboration with the Council’s Market Gardening Project, as it provides great opportunity for children to get hands on experience in producing their own herbs and vegetables and seeing how they can be converted into tasty and nutritious meals.

“The association with football through the ‘Eat Like a Footballer’  cookery book is truly inspirational and having coaching sessions provided by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches will really resonate with children and hopefully educate and  encourage them to develop a positive approach to healthy food and exercise throughout their lives.”


Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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