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Goalkeepers give lesson in healthy eating

Posted on 29 April 2010  - 12:00

Ben Alnwick and Jimmy Walker joined a group of Year 9 pupils from Hornsey School for girls to share their tips on how to eat the right things to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Goalkeepers give lesson in healthy eating

Ben Alnwick and Jimmy Walker joined a group of Year 9 pupils from Hornsey School for girls to share their tips on how to eat the right things to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The goalkeepers were visiting a session of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Kick & Cook programme, which teaches Key Stage 3 pupils from Haringey secondary schools how to prepare healthy meals from scratch based on a footballer's diet.

Their appearance was part of the Club's commitment to the Premier League's Creating Chances community initiative ‘Places for Players'.

Former England Under-21 international Alnwick joined Spurs from Sunderland in 2007 having appeared in the Premier League for the first time aged just 18.

He stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy diet to the group, saying: "Eating the right foods is vital to being able to perform to your best ability on the pitch and giving kids an insight into a footballer's diet is a great idea that the Foundation have come up with."

Jimmy, meanwhile, is one of the Club's most experienced professionals having made his Football League debut with Walsall back in August 1993 before finally reaching the top flight with West Ham United, aged 32, and arriving at Spurs last summer.

He acknowledges that his diet has played an important role throughout his playing career, and added: "We are lucky as professional footballers to have people around us giving us guidance on what to eat and when, so the fact that we can then pass this message on to kids who don't necessarily have those benefits is what makes Kick & Cook unique."

The pair took part in an activity using the Eat Well Plate before the class got the chance to ask them questions about their diet and any cooking advice they may have!

Hornsey School for girls are the 10th Haringey school to take part in the five-week Kick & Cook since its launch in November, 2008.

The theory session which the players attended took part in the state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone at White Hart Lane, and the group will now move on to take part in cookery sessions in the stadium's kitchens, where they will prepare healthy meals that have been recommended by Tottenham Hotspur First Team players under the guidance of a professional chef.

Kick & Cook is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.