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12:00 22nd March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's defender takes centre stage for QPR Health Stars ...

QPR HEALTH STARS welcomed a special guest recently as Chris Samba went back to school to reveal his secrets behind a healthy lifestyle.

The R’s defender took centre stage for QPR in the Community Trust for a mock press conference at St Stephen’s Primary School, Shepherds Bush.

Samba revealed all about his eating and training habits, his favourite things to do outside of football and, most importantly, the ingredients needed to maintain a healthy diet.

“I love to be able to share my knowledge with the kids and have a laugh with them,” Samba told “That’s what it’s all about.

“We know a lot of kids are looking up to us so it’s up to us to share our knowledge and keep the kids in the right direction by giving advice. 

“It’s about having a good time but talking about something serious. 

“Having a good diet, watching your nutrition, not smoking and keeping kids interested in sport is all very important.”

His surprise visit in front of a captivated Year 4 class represented the culmination of six weeks work between the children and QPR Health Stars - the Community Trust’s primary school healthy lifestyles project funded by the Premier League charitable fund and the PFA. 

Following the press conference, Samba paid tribute to the R’s work in the community and was delighted to be able to play his part.

“What the club do within the community is great,” Samba added. 

“For us it’s a way to give back to the community for the support they give us every Saturday on the pitch. 

“There are a lot of kids coming to the games so it’s good to give something back.”

As part of the course, children learned about health and nutrition and all three sides of living a healthy lifestyle: psychological, social and physical.

Luke Faith, Year 4 teacher at St Stephen’s Primary School, admitted Samba’s visit was a fitting end to a fantastic few weeks with QPR.

“You couldn’t have asked for a better send-off really,” he said.

“The children have learned so much about health and nutrition and how to live a fully healthy lifestyle.

“Chris Samba was amazing, the children loved asking the questions, he gave full and really interesting answers and did a great job afterwards with the autographs and photos. 

“The kids have had a fantastic time. This is something that they are going to remember for the rest of their lives.”

The project is run by Trust staff Adam McLachlan and Alex Gordon – who set up QPR Health Stars last year – delivering to 90 children at each school including cooking workshops and physical activity sessions.

“It was nice to have Chris Samba come down to celebrate the completion of the six weeks with a healthy press conference,” Adam said.

“It allowed them to compare what they’d learned in the six weeks to what a model professional footballer would do. It was a really nice end.” 

Alex added: “Having somebody like Chris Samba is great to get his opinion on healthy living on and off the pitch. 

“It was a treat to see the children’s faces when they saw him.”

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