Young people will have a ball learning about the importance of staying hydrated and choosing water over sugary drinks, thanks to a new sporting partnership between Northumbrian Water and the Newcastle Eagles.

Powered by Water is a new interactive educational workshop that will be delivered to thousands of students over the next year, as part of the Eagles Community Foundation Hoops4Health programme.

Pupils at Gosforth Junior Academy are the latest to take part in the programme led by players from the Newcastle Eagles. Eagles stars Fab Flournoy, Terry Martin, Jaysean Paige, AJ Basi and Jure Gunjina were on hand to help with the activity.

The Powered by Water workshop is designed to help children learn the importance of drinking water to keep them healthy and hydrated, through a series of fun games and activities.

Staying topped up with water throughout the day keeps your brain healthy, helps you think clearly, improves your mood and stops you from getting tired.Powered by Water also teaches children the importance of choosing water over fizzy drinks and certain fruit juices, which can contain high amounts of sugar.

Too much sugar is bad for your teeth, makes you feel tired and can lead to more serious health problems later in life.

Maureen Berne, External Communications Manager for Northumbrian Water said: “The Eagles Community Foundation do some terrific work with young people emphasising the benefits of physical activity and we’re really proud to join up with them. It’s really important that young people learn how important it is to stay hydrated, as it will assist their development, keep them healthy and give them a boost both when playing sport and working hard in the classroom.

“We hope that teaching children the importance of drinking water, through the Powered by Water programme, will help them to stay healthy, hydrated and active throughout their lives.”

Sam Blake, Chief Executive Officer for Eagles Community Foundation stated “Working with Northumbria Water has enabled the Hoops4Health programme to deliver a targeted workshop explaining not only the direct benefits to our health through being hydrated but also how we must remind ourselves never to take it for granted that we have one of the best quality tap waters in the world!”

Powered by Water facts:

• Powered by Water will be delivered to over 19,000 young people in the north east in conjunction with four sporting partners; Sunderland FOL, Newcastle Eagles, Mowden Park Rugby and Middlesbrough FC Foundation.

• Our bodies are made up of 60% water.

• Tap water is just as good as bottled water. The UK has one of the best quality tap waters in the world• We’re still using the same water as the dinosaurs, Victorians and cave people.

• You can check your wee to see if you’re drinking enough water – dark yellow wee means you need to drink more!

• You get water through the food you eat as well.

• It’s better to drink little sips of water throughout exercise rather than a big gulp.


• 70% of the planet is water but only 3% of that is fresh; and with 2% of that locked in the polar ice caps it means only 1% of the world’s water is available to drink.


• If you feel tired or have a headache, it could mean you need to drink more water!