Hooker turns cooker for a day at Peebles High

Edinburgh and Scotland Hooker, Ross Ford, visited Peebles High School today (Fri 25th) to demonstrate to pupils the benefits of healthy eating.'Pic shows: Ross Ford with some of the pupils of Peebles High School

Edinburgh and Scotland Hooker, Ross Ford, visited Peebles High School today (Fri 25th) to demonstrate to pupils the benefits of healthy eating.'Pic shows: Ross Ford with some of the pupils of Peebles High School

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KELSO rugby supremo Ross Ford got a taste of schoolife last Friday when as well as passing on his rugby knowledge to Peebles High School pupils, he tackled a cookery lesson.

The Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby player made the visit as part of the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) sponsored initiative – School of Rugby.

The CashBack for Communities-funded programme is aimed at motivating and developing Scotland’s young people and creating environments where sport makes a significant contribution to the delivery of “a curriculum for excellence” playing a central role in the life of the school.

QMS are sponsors of the School of Rugby’s nutritional programme and pupils had an opportunity to ask Ross about his diet and the part red meat plays in his meal plans and the nutritional benefits it provides.

One of the highlights of the visit was the “wrap challenge” where Ross and some of the pupils were tested to see how much they remembered, by making healthy tortilla wraps with a range of ingredients offered – the trick being to choose the healthy option.

Paul Fagan, the school’s deputy rector, said: “Peebles High School is tremendously pleased with the impact the School of Rugby has had on our pupils. Pupils have already shown a more positive attitude toward rugby and sport in general, and are showing a more positive attitude to school and an increased conviction towards adopting a healthy lifestyle.”

Scottish Rugby’s head of community rugby, Colin Thomson, added: “We believe passionately that, by working with the education sector and the selected schools, we will demonstrate the educational benefits of rugby to young people and their communities.”

The initiative will provide a context for learning inside and outside of the classroom, allowing all pupils to experience rugby, and improve their fitness and physical literacy. This in turn will contribute to an enhanced educational experience in each of the participating schools.

Each School of Rugby will be supported with a package of resources, enabling more staff to deliver a thriving rugby programme across the school, including a focused curricular programme for a number of S1 pupils.

The broad rugby programme consists of rugby teams at all ages, opportunities for the development of girls’ teams and non-playing opportunities for senior pupils, in rugby coaching, refereeing, volunteering and running sport in local primary schools and rugby clubs.