Schoolchildren in Burnley recently took part in the inaugural National Playground Football Day.
Credit card company and League Cup sponsor Capital One established the day in the calendar to celebrate the long-standing British tradition of playground football.
Children at Blessed Trinity were joined by special guests as Burnley’s Ben Mee and Lukas Jutkiewicz joined for a lunchtime kick about.
Mee said: “My earliest memories of kicking a ball are with my mates at school.
“Getting back on the playground reminded me how much fun and significant those lunchtime breaks you spend in your childhood are.”
Evoking memories of ‘next goal wins’ and ‘Wembley doubles’ for a generation who remembered their playground glory days, the day aims to encourage the next generation of schoolchildren to get outside for a lunchtime kick-about, while building upon the academic and social benefits that comes with regular exercise.
The government have unveiled Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying: “By harnessing the power of sport for the good of our whole society, by investing in developing the talent of future stars and by standing up for the integrity of the sports we love, we can secure our sporting future and make our country stronger.”
Jason Carr, head of sponsorship at Capital One, said: “We believe that the right support can make a difference in people’s lives.
“Playground football is more than just a kick-about at break time, it is a game that embraces and encourages the freedom of play, giving children the opportunity to socialise, meet new friends and keep physically active.”
For more information, or to watch as international footballers Nathaniel Clyne and Fran Kirby returned to the playground, visit facebook.com/CapitalOneUK