Dozens of primary school children in Kirklees are now getting a free breakfast thanks to Huddersfield Town Football Club.
Breakfast clubs at six different schools are being given food by the Huddersfield Town Foundation which hopes giving the children a good start in the morning will make them do better in lessons. James Webster reports.
The PE teacher at Christchurch Academy in Deighton, Huddersfield runs the pre-school exercise sessions as part of the breakfast club. Children there take part in half an hour of sport before lessons start and Dwight Noel says the activity helps them settle in for a day in the classroom.
One of the schools to benefit from the Huddersfield Town Foundation's 'Early Kick Off' programme is Christchurch Academy in Deighton. Abegail Shaw is the school's breakfast club coordinator and says having a healthy meal first-thing helps children to trigger their brains ready for lessons to start.
Former striker Andy Booth has taken his turn as a substitute serving the breakfasts at one school in Kirklees which is having its breakfast club food funded by the Huddersfield Town Foundation. He says it is very different to when he was younger when nobody checked to see if he had eaten breakfast.
The new Huddersfield Town Foundation has started funding six breakfast clubs across Kirklees to ensure children are kicking off their day at school in the best way possible. £30,000 is being spent on food for the 'Early Kick Off' programme which also includes a pre-school sport session.
50 pupils at each of the schools chosen to take part will benefit from the healthy meals for whole of this academic year. Fruit, vegetables, protein-rich foods and dairy products are delivered free of charge for schools to prepare. If more money can be raised it is hoped more schools could benefit.