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School dinners for Darren!

Posted on 20 March 2009  - 12:00

Darren Bent attended Chace Community School in Enfield this week to launch ‘Meal Deals' - a brand new healthy school dinners scheme.

School dinners for Darren!

Darren Bent attended Chace Community School in Enfield this week to launch ‘Meal Deals' - a brand new healthy school dinners scheme.

The visit was arranged to encourage more students to eat school meals and the school is working with the School Food Trust to pilot meal deals - which aims to offer a nutritious and balanced meal, and increase fruit and vegetable consumption at competitive prices.

One of only three schools in England to work on the project, Chace have created a student and staff working group to design the meals and work on marketing.

Meals on offer include; vegetable noodles and prawn crackers served with a pudding and drink all for £2, or Piri Piri chicken strips with salad, fresh naan and yoghurt dip served with sticky toffee pudding and custard.

Darren had a kick-about with year 11 students and then went to a cookery class with Year 9 students, with whom he took part in a Q&A session.

He said:
"Eating the right foods is an important topic, and if young people are going to stay fit and healthy into later life, then there's no better way to start than by eating healthy meals at school. Spurs, through the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, are always keen to support initiatives that help young people in our community, and 'Meal Deals' at Chace School is no different. I was able to relay my message to the children I met that, as a footballer, the healthier I eat, the higher my level of performance on the pitch will be."

Darren Bent

Spurs, through the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the young people in our community and are involved in a number of innovative projects that support healthy eating and nutrition.

The School Food Trust is working with schools, caterers and Local Authorities on a number of pilot interventions, from working on the efficiencies and capacity of kitchens, marketing initiatives and the meal deals scheme.

The aim is to make the dining space more attractive and easier to navigate - managing queues, improving the flow of students as well as looking at kitchen space and design to ensure time and cost efficient production. The lessons from the meal deals pilot will be shared across the country.

Darren Bent

Emma Heesom, spokesperson for the School Food Trust said:
"School food has transformed in recent years and students have access to tasty and nutritious food every day. The work Chace Community School has done to ensure the food on offer is not only nutritious but marketed well and what students want to eat is great, the lessons learned at Chace will benefit schools across England. It was really good to see Darren Bent interact with the students and they seemed genuinely impressed at his healthy diet. Students look up to role models like Darren, it really hits home when he said he eats so well to keep at the top of his game."

And you can see footage of this event now on Spurs TV Online, which comes with Darren's views on our Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

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