On Monday 22nd February a group of Y10 pupils were invited to a Health and Well-being seminar hosted by Ulster Rugby in Ravenhill Rugby Grounds.  The pupils enjoyed a healthy eating workshop, physical activity sessions, a tour of the facilities and a workshop in building resilience and a positive mind-set.  This gave them an insight into the world of a professional rugby player and enhanced their knowledge and understanding of nutrition, fitness and positive mental health.

The day started with a healthy snack provided by Slim’s Healthy Kitchen and then a workshop on all aspects of well-being, in particular mental health.  During the day they toured the Nevin Spence Centre where they learned about the cultural and sporting heritage of rugby within Ulster and the community.  Here they had an opportunity to take part in an interactive tackling and kicking simulation game.

The group then had an opportunity to learn about mobility and strength exercises.  Guided by one of the Ulster Rugby Strength and Conditioning coaches, the pupils took part in foam rolling techniques, mobility exercises with bands and flexibility stretches that are essential to counteract the effects of daily life and should be used by everyone not just athletes.

We then had a healthy and nutritious lunch, again provided by Slim’s Healthy Kitchen.  Once everyone was happily fed we were taken on a tour of the facilities including the changing rooms, ice baths, gym, pitch side and cultural elements of the grounds.  We even were taken to see our own 4G pitch which we share with our neighbours!

Overall the day was an excellent education for the pupils and a great motivation for pupils who may be interested in sport, health and well-being for future careers.  Thanks to Ulster Rugby for this incredible experience!