Young people will be bowled over by a new interactive workshop launched by Essex Cricket and Essex & Suffolk Water, which teaches them the importance of staying hydrated and avoiding fizzy drinks.

The Powered by Water workshop will be delivered to thousands of students over the next year, as part of Essex Cricket′s ongoing programme of activity with schools in the local area.


The first Powered by Water workshops were delivered by Essex Cricket to Year 4 pupils at St Michaels Junior School in Chelmsford on Tuesday 30 January. During the session children took part in a number of interactive games, quizzes and activities whilst learning about the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The pupils also designed their own posters on the importance of staying hydrated.


The Powered by Water programme has been designed 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.


John Devall, Water Director for Essex & Suffolk Water said: "We′re really proud to have joined up with Essex Cricket to deliver the Powered by Water programme in local schools. 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 will help them to stay healthy, hydrated and active throughout their lives."


Christopher Drummond, Youth Participation and Growth Manager for Essex Cricket said: "The importance of drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is something we make sure all our teams are aware of across the club. That′s why we′re really pleased to be working alongside Essex & Suffolk Water to take that message out to young people as part of our work with schools across the county."