Two sporting superstars from Leeds have joined forces to remind families to make sure they take up the free school meals they are entitled to.
Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, and Leeds Rhino Danny McGuire have both agreed to be Child Friendly Leeds ambassadors with a specific focus on free school meals.
Both Nicola and Danny went to school in Leeds and have grown up to be sporting role models for children of the city.
As part of the ambassador role, Danny and Nicola have agreed to support Leeds City Council’s campaign to encourage every child who is eligible for a free school meal to take up the offer.
In Leeds there are around 20,000 pupils who are eligible for a free school meal, but around 4,500 of those do not take up their entitlement. As well as making sure each child gets at least one, health and nutritious meal a day, it would also save parents around £10 a week – which adds up to nearly £400 each school year.
Danny who was also born and bred in Leeds, went to the same primary school as Nicola – Richmond Hill. It’s also Danny’s testimonial year at the Leeds Rhinos.
Child friendly Leeds ambassadors inspire others to make Leeds a better place for children and young people. Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson, a champion for children across the whole of the UK, is also a child friendly Leeds ambassador. There is also a steady stream of ambassadors coming forward from Leeds schools, colleges and organisations such as the NHS and West Yorkshire Probation Service.
Businesses and organisations across the city are also being asked to make a child friendly Leeds pledge, and say what they’re going to do to make Leeds the best city for children. This could include building stronger links with local schools, arranging for staff to become mentors to young people in care, helping to promote and support foster care across their workforce and looking at how they can change their services to make them more child friendly.