Healthy eating masterclass for Albion academy youngsters
Young players in the Albion academy were given a crash course in healthy eating last week.
Matthew Thomas, academy and women’s performance nutritionist, alongside BHAFC Foundation nutritionist Mari and with the help of some academy tutors, organised and delivered a healthy eating workshop for the youngsters at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Under-10 and Under-11 boys from the academy were given the chance to make their own healthy smoothies at the workshop.
They were taught how to chop fruit safely, which ingredients they could use to make their smoothies tasty, and how to use a food processor.
At the end of the session, the boys enjoyed the fruits of their labour and got to drink their own smoothies.
They were also taught about the importance of nutrition in their growth and recovery, and how that can relate to their performances as footballers.
Some first team stars also got in on the fun; Albion stars Adam Lallana, Pascal Gross, Tariq Lamptey, and Jack Hinshelwood all came to the workshop to meet the boys and get involved with the session.
Foundation nutritionist Mari was pleased with how well the boys engaged in the workshop.
“We had an amazing session today,” she said, “everyone paid attention very well and all the boys were excited to take part, and they made some delicious smoothies too.
“It’s important that they learn and grow as people as well as footballers, and being able to prepare food is a big part of that.
“Hopefully they will remember the lessons they learned today and take them forward for the future.”