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Newcastle United's Dutch duo Tim Krul and Luuk de Jong were at Benton Primary School on Friday, teaching pupils about exercise and healthy eating with the Club's official charity, Newcastle United Foundation.

Goalkeeper Krul and striker de Jong, who both trained at the Magpies' nearby Training Centre before the session, were with 44 children from the school's Year 4 class as part of the Match Fit programme; giving a special insight into their healthy lifestyles as elite sportsmen.

Match Fit is a six-week programme being run by the Foundation and is specifically designed for primary schools. It aims to improve pupils' fitness levels and nutrition awareness, with each two-hour session featuring an interactive hour in the classroom teaching the fundamentals of nutrition and a healthy diet, followed by an hour of physical activity.

Kate Bradley, head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: "Health and wellbeing are essential for any community so Match Fit was the very first project we launched back in 2008. It has gone from strength to strength in six years.

"Football, and particularly the stars who play the game, have an extraordinary power to engage with young people so it's fantastic to see Tim and Luuk making time to pass on such positive messages to the children. The football club is a great case study to aid engagement not just during PE, but also in the classroom.

"Activity levels in childhood are a great predictor for levels of physical activity in adulthood. Visiting school children in this way means we can put this knowledge into action and encourage them to make healthy choices which will benefit them for years to come."

To date, nearly 10,000 young people have taken part in one of 330 Match Fit courses, which are funded by the Premier League PFA Community Fund and backed by Newcastle City Council.

Collected data proves that Match Fit has a positive impact:

// 79 per cent of children demonstrate an increase nutritional knowledge
// 72 per cent of children show improvements in their fitness levels
// 73 per cent of children show improvements in their resting heart rates

The six-week program is based on the knowledge that interventions lasting six weeks or longer are sufficient for increasing awareness and knowledge of nutrition and how to be active.

Even after the program is finished, the Foundation offers additional support to teachers, with access to online resources, to improve their confidence when delivering physical education.

The combination of time in classroom and the pitch allows young people to be active as well as using their new knowledge to make healthy choices.

The Foundation directs young people towards other activities and services offered in the local area, enabling them to keep active long after the programme has finished.

To find out more about how your school can become Match Fit, visit www.nufc.co.uk/foundation, email foundation@nufc.co.uk or call 0844 372 1892 (select option 5).