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September 25, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Free Apley apples for Activ8 children

2014-09-19, Apley Farm Shop & Activ8 - apples initiative 2Here’s a press release I’ve just written about Apley Farm Shop giving out apples to children attending Activ8’s sports courses. At home, we’ve been eating lots of different varieties of apples from around the Apley Estate, including some old & forgotten varieties. Having spoken to Dan, I’m going to sign up Francis for some of his classes (as soon as Francis’s arm is out of plaster !):

A farm shop near Bridgnorth are supplying 70 apples a week for the children at  3 football academies held at Idsall School in Shifnal, Shropshire. Activ8, a provider of in-school, after-school & school holiday sports activities has teamed up with Apley Farm Shop to help teach children healthy eating habits which compliment the sport training they receive from Activ8.

Owner of Apley Farm Shop, Lord Hamilton explained, “September’s harvest time is a great time of year to begin an initiative like this. English apples are fresh off the trees right now & at Apley, we focus on fresh, local & seasonal food. At Apley, we have plenty of apples and organize various children’s activities in Pigg’s Playbarn, so it’s a great project for us to be involved with.”

Apley is currently stocking several heritage and unusual varieties of apples from trees around the Estate including Kidds O’Red, Fiesta, Discovery, Granny Smith, Cox’s Orange, Queen Cox, plus some Concorde pears.

Dan Wilson of Activ8 added “We work with seven primary schools in the area including St Andrew’s School Shifnal, Redhill Primary School & numerous other schools in the Telford and Newport area. I’m sure the parents & childcarers will appreciate seeing their children come home with Apley’s apples.”

One of Dan’s pupils expressed how much he enjoys the classes “I love football, especially with Dan & I love my apple at home time as I’m always hungry then.“

Having been setup only earlier this year, this is the first initiative of this kind in which Activ8 have been involved. They are running October half term classes for 4-12 yrs in Shifnal & Newport – soccer schools & multi sports courses.

Lady Hamilton, Apley Marketing Manager added “Healthy eating & getting children playing more sport are both in line with government guidelines to get children fit & healthy, producing better results at school overall – so we’re glad to be playing our part in that.”

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