Food Standards Agency HHEAPS

In 2007 Scottish Rugby joined with the Food Standards Agency (Scotland) to deliver a programme of food safety, healthy eating and rugby activities to thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland.

The initiative is called ‘Hygiene, Healthy Eating and Activity in Primary Schools’ or ‘HHEAPS’.

HHEAPS promotes food safety, healthy diet, and physical activity. It lasts six weeks, and is delivered to a range of pupils from P4 to P7 schools across Scotland.

The initiative consists of a resource pack containing activities for pupils, a teachers’ guide to support the pupil activities and additional supporting material. Each pupil receives a certificate and goody bag on completing the programme.

Each teacher receives a branded Scottish Rugby polo shirt, and each school receives a bag of rugby equipment and a framed picture of the Scotland squad signed by the players.

The classroom activities are based around six topics:

  • bacteria facts
  • being healthy
  • personal hygiene
  • getting the balance right
  • food storage
  • ‘help yourself stay healthy’.

Scotland rugby players are used as positive role models to help reinforce key messages, with player photographs and quotes in each topic.

Development officers are involved in the physical activity elements of the programme, to provide a link between physical and classroom activities.

The HHEAPS programme helps children to become more active at school and encourages children to continue playing rugby at after-school clubs or at their local rugby club.