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Bristol Sport stars pitch in to celebrate community partnership

Players from Bristol Rugby, Bristol Flyers and Bristol City Women rolled back the years to take part in a multi-sport PE lesson at Millpond Primary School on Monday.

The afternoon celebrated Bristol Energy's support of Bristol Sport Foundation’s Forever Sport programme. This sees the charity team up with the national gas and electricity company to help thousands of children discover the power of sport through high-quality coaching both in and out of school.

Siale Piutau, Joe Latta and Ian Madigan from Bristol Rugby were joined at the school by Bristol Flyers duo Daniel Edozie and Rohndell Goodwin, and Yana Daniels and Jas Matthews of Bristol City Women – and they wasted little time in getting fully involved in the multi-sport session.

Bristol Sport Foundation’s Forever Sport physical education and sports coaching programme will work in 30 primary schools across Greater Bristol throughout the 2017/18 school year, providing high-quality coaching during curriculum time and through the delivery of after school clubs.

And their mission has never been more important with only 30% of primary school children currently completing two hours of sports activity a week.

Ben Breeze, chief community officer, said: “We are delighted to partner Bristol Energy and help young people in Greater Bristol fall in love with, and participate in sport and active recreation through our Forever Sport primary school sport programme.”

I particularly enjoy seeing Bristol Sport professional sportspeople taking an active interest in Community programmes and helped provide what was a memorable afternoon at Millpond Primary School.”

“It was the perfect way to celebrate the Foundation’s partnership with Bristol Energy, which will enable us to add additional resource to our biggest programme and allow an even better experience for young people involved.”

Peter Haigh, managing director of Bristol Energy said: “At Bristol Energy, we’re passionate about using our energy to make a positive difference in our home city.

“And what better way than getting children active and encouraging them to find a sport they love. As the professional players showed today, it can be truly life-changing.”

Siale Piutau, Bristol Rugby and Tonga, said: “I think for us to come out here and spend a bit of time with the kids, it’s great. They’re all having fun and so are we.

“They learn to play in a team environment, but there are so many other benefits for young people playing sport.”

Bristol City Women's FC player, Jas Matthews leads a huddle during Monday's PE lesson (JMP UK).

Owned by Bristol City Council, Bristol Energy is one of a new breed of energy companies that will reinvest its profits back into its local community. 

Bristol Energy and Bristol Sport Foundation have set up a number of ways to benefit from the new partnership.

Parents of children at a Forever Sport school can access a term of free after school sports activity* if they switch using a specific code.

Anyone keen to support the Forever Sport programme can opt for Bristol Energy to donate up to £30 on their behalf when they switch.

More information about how this works can be found on the Bristol Energy website.

Fans of Bristol Flyers or Bristol Rugby can switch for the chance to win a VIP day out with their favourite Bristol team.