British Army soldiers to help promote the importance of physical and mental wellbeing in Sunderland

The British Army is rolling into Sunderland as part of a coordinated series of free family-friendly engagement activities across the city.

Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 10:32 am
Updated Monday, 2nd March 2020, 2:58 pm
From left to right – Lt. Col. Andy Black, Sunderland AFC legend Kevin Ball, Cllr Michael Mordey and Foundation of Light’s Jamie Wright. Credit: Foundation of Light / Alan Hewson

In conjunction with Sunderland City Council, Sunderland AFC and the club’s official charity, Foundation of Light, the British Army will host thousands of people at a number of venues across the region including the Beacon of Light, the Stadium of Light, Mowbray Park and the Washington Football Hub.

The action kicks off on Thursday, April 2, at the Beacon of Light as 1,000 Key Stage 3 school children take part in a range of free and interactive activities in support of World Health Day 2020.

Led by serving soldiers from Royal Army Physical Training Corps, the Royal Logistic Corps and Army Medical Services, the schools event aims to highlight the importance of physical and mental health, nutrition and wellbeing, and will include physical leadership tasks, food and nutrition challenges and an introduction to first aid session.

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Former Sunderland AFC captain Kevin Ball said: “Sunderland and the surrounding areas have a rich and strong heritage and connection with the British Army. As a region we are very proud of our Armed Forces, those who serve, have served and their families.”

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Black, Army’s Head of Engagement in North East and Yorkshire from the British Army, said: “The British Army Interaction Days in Sunderland are set to be a fantastic three days of activity across the city, with something for everyone.”

Jamie Wright, Foundation of Light’s Managing Director said “Educating young people on the importance of healthy lifestyles and equipping them with the right skills to gain employment and be a success, are values we share with the British Army.”

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Michael Mordey, who is the City Armed Forces Champion, said: “Sunderland has a strong military tradition and a close relationship with our Armed Forces, and this relationship continues with young people learning more about the Forces and how they serve our country.”

For more details on the free sessions see here, and for schools and colleges wanting to book a free place, visit here.