New pool vouchers rewarded to Rugby League Juniors
13 May 2017
“Any initiative encouraging young people to be active and to eat well has to be good for everyone”, says Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace.
Mayor Wallace presented certificates for free entry to Council-owned swimming pools in Lower Hutt, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Porirua to players of the day at Wellington Rugby League’s junior festival at Wainuiomata’s Wise Park on Saturday (May 13, 2017).
The pool vouchers have replaced the more traditional vouchers for fast food.
Mayor Wallace said healthy children grow into healthy adults.
“Not only does this benefit individuals. It also benefits the wider community. Healthy communities are strong communities.” he said.
The initiative is the result of work between Wellington Rugby League, Healthy Futures Trust and Healthy Families Lower Hutt. It is also a great example of four local councils working together to support children being active.
The new player of the day rewards support Wellington Rugby League’s wider programme to ensure their fixtures and clubrooms are family-friendly and healthy places. Water is promoted as the drink of choice and side-lines are free of alcohol and cigarette smoke.
“The pool vouchers will be a fabulous step towards a healthy and active future for our youngsters,” Mayor Wallace said.
Healthy Families Lower Hutt is one of 10 Ministry of Health-funded sites that take a community-led approach to ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice in the places where we spend the most time.