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Powered by Water Programme kick starts at Grove Wood Primary School

10 October 2017

Young people of Essex will be learning about the importance of staying hydrated and choosing water over sugary drinks, thanks to a new sporting partnership between Essex & Suffolk Water and Southend United...

Powered by Water is a new interactive educational workshop, that will be delivered to thousands of students over the next year as part of Southend United’s ongoing scheme with schools in the local area.

The programme will help children learn the importance of drinking water to keep them healthy and hydrated. They will learn this through a series of fun games and activities.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps your brain healthy, helps you think clearly, improves your mood and stops you from getting tired.

Powered by Water will also teach children the importance of choosing water over fizzy drinks and certain fruit juices, which can contain high amounts of sugar. Too much sugar makes you tired and is bad for your teeth, which can lead to serious health problems later in life.

The first Powered by Water workshop was delivered by the Southend United Community & Educational Trust to Year 3 pupils at GroveWoodPrimary School on Monday 9th October. During the session children took part in a number of interactive activities whilst learning about the importance of staying hydrated.

John Devall, the Water Director for Essex & Suffolk Water also attended the event to teach the children on why to drink water regularly, and he commented: “We’re really proud to have joined up with Southend United to deliver the Powered by Water programme in local schools.

“It’s really important that young people learn how important it is to stay hydrated, as it will assist their development, keep them healthy and give them a boost both when playing sport and working hard in the classroom.

“We hope that teaching children the importance of drinking water will help them to stay healthy, hydrated and active throughout their lives.”

Participation Officer Dan Hall was asked about the programme, and he said: “We are really pleased to be in partnership with Essex and Suffolk Water for The Powered By Water.

“Following yesterday's successful launch at Grove Wood Primary School we can’t wait to get out in the community to educate all ages on the importance of staying hydrated!” 

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