NWAT is proud to have former England rugby international star Phil Greening as the perfect sporting role model for our children.

As Sports Ambassador for the Trust, the rugby legend who earned 24 England caps and toured with the British & Irish Lions, is keen to teach pupils the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

The family man, who is dad to Delamere CE Academy pupils Oliver, Fynlay and Lucca, and baby Thandie Mai, said: “I’m delighted and honored to be Sports Ambassador for the schools.

“I want to help children get active and understand the importance of nutrition and what you get from sporting activities.

“I am very passionate about educating children to eat healthily. There’re so many adverts pushing things that are unsuitable for kids, and I want to share my knowledge to guide them towards informed decisions.

“If children understand why they should eat broccoli – what the anti-oxidants are doing for their bodies – they really get into it.

“My wife, Adele, and I have made sure our kids know the difference between white bread and brown bread, what being active does for their bodies, and how it makes them feel.

“I want to help children make the right decisions and create positive new habits.”

The former Gloucester, Sale Sharks and Wasps star has built up a vast wealth of sporting and coaching experience since retiring from the game in 2005.

As part of his coaching and consultant work with Wasps, London Welsh, Scottish Rugby Union and the USA Olympic Committee, he has developed huge knowledge of the most effective and cutting edge equipment and practices to get people to prime shape.

Now he has opened The Athlete Factory in the grounds of Chester Rugby Club, which is the first of its kind in the country to make world-class training facilities and elite coaches accessible to everyone of all ages.

As well as mentoring the Trust’s children, Phil will also ensure they benefit from inter-academy sports and fitness events at the facility.

He added: “Setting challenges and rewarding hard work is a great way to motivate children.

“Since having my own kids it’s become increasingly important to me to encourage them to get active, so it’s been a big focus for me to provide youth fitness classes.

“We make it fun and they love it.”

I’m passionate about getting children active. There are too many unhealthy choices targeted at children by the media.

Phil Greening | NWAT Sports Ambassador and ex-British Lion