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Norwich City stars join cookathon

PUBLISHED: 10:44 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:55 02 July 2010

Norwich City football players, Adam Drury, left, and Zak Whitbread, help Ashleigh Infant School children Beth Scott-Amos, 2nd left, and Ellena Sidell, with their chopping, as the 2010 Big Cookathon gets under way at Wymondham

Norwich City football players, Adam Drury, left, and Zak Whitbread, help Ashleigh Infant School children Beth Scott-Amos, 2nd left, and Ellena Sidell, with their chopping, as the 2010 Big Cookathon gets under way at Wymondham

Adam Gretton

They are used to the pressure cooker scrutiny of 25,000 fans every week.

But two Norwich City players were given the tough task of being responsible for hundreds of schoolchildren's dinners yesterday for the country's biggest "cookathon".

They are used to the pressure cooker scrutiny of 25,000 fans every week.

But two Norwich City players were given the tough task of being responsible for hundreds of schoolchildren's dinners yesterday for the country's biggest “cookathon”.

Canaries' defenders Adam Drury and Zak Whitbread paid a visit to Ashleigh Infant and Nursery School, in Wymondham, to help students prepare healthy pizzas for their families.

The footballers chopped vegetables, grated cheese, and made tomato sauce for more than 200 children as part of the Let's Get Cooking “Big Cookathon”.

An estimated 30,000 people took part in this year's community cooking event, which aims to get families cooking and eating together at home and learning healthy new recipes.

Thirty-six schools in the east of England with Let's Get Cooking after-school clubs took part in the initiative aimed at addressing the nation's obesity epidemic, which is run by the School Food Trust, in partnership with the Prince's Trust, and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

The three to seven-year-olds at Ashleigh Infant and Nursery could also receive a £3,000 prize following the contribution of the Norwich City footballers.

Year 2 teacher, Sarah Key, who is one of the school's Let's Get Cooking club co-ordinators, said: “We were thrilled to have Adam and Zak at the school to get cooking with the children during our Big Cookathon activity.

“The Let's Get Cooking club is a regular after-school fixture for us here, and this annual event is a great opportunity to connect with the thousands of other Let's Get Cooking clubs all across the country. There's a definite community feel to the cookathon, and everyone who's involved gets a real buzz out of it.”

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