Gary Neville and Tom Kerridge back Outward Bound’s call to get more kids outdoors

Gary Neville and Tom Kerridge join forces with The Outward Bound Trust to callout the rise in screen time culture and encourage more young people to get outdoors and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Gary Neville and Tom Kerridge hosted supporters of The Outward Bound Trust at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester.

Together they were interviewed by BBC Broadcaster Nick Robinson, sparking conversations around the importance of the outdoors and healthy living as a way of setting young people up for success.

Gary and Tom’s conversations supported Outward Bound’s campaign for more green time and less screen time for young people. Born out of a concern that the average young person now spends around 5.5 hours a day on a screen- compared to barely 1 hour outdoors. This means many of the UKs children spend an equivalent amount of time outdoors to Britain’s prison population.

During the evening Gary also offered a peek into his career on the pitch before hanging up his boots in favour of the boardroom. He reflected on the challenges he faced on his journey to becoming a professional footballer, and how overcoming these led him to develop strength and resilience which helped his transition into business.

Gary added: “The Outward Bound Trust is an outstanding charity. Things like Outward Bound, getting outdoors and enjoying physical activity are crucial for children. Whether it’s learning about discipline, determination, winning or losing. Having those experiences can be life shaping and set you up for future success.”

Tom, meanwhile, highlighted his own campaign alongside likeminded celebrity chefs against child food poverty, as their fight to extend the provision of free school meals across the UK. He also spoke about his rise to the top of Britain’s dining scene, and the grit and determination he gained along the way.

Tom said: “Campaigns like these all add up to make a huge impact in the long term and I’m just so surprised they can be overlooked in the first place. Whether it’s getting more young people outdoors, or our fight to extend free school meal provisions, it’s crucial that we do more for the health and wellbeing of our young people.”

As part of the evening, guests also enjoyed a three-course dining experience at Tom’s Bull & Bear restaurant, raising approximately £150,000 to support young people attending Outward Bound courses.

Outward Bound’s mission is to inspire young people so they can achieve more than they ever thought possible. Funding disadvantaged and underrepresented communities from across the UK to experience Britain’s wildest places. Their courses challenge participants to never give up, to change their perspective and to learn the most important lesson they could ever learn: to believe in themselves.

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