School game food project off to a flying start

A scheme that teaches children how to cook game meat has been hailed as a success after being adopted by 10 schools in Northern Ireland.

The Game Changer Project was launched last November following a similar initiative in England to teach 60,000 youngsters nationally by 2020.

The project, a partnership between Taste of Game and The Food Teachers Centre, has ensured that pheasant now features on the GCSE curriculum.

The Game Changer team has provided classes for around 30 teachers and 270 pupils across Northern Ireland. Baronscourt Estate in County Tyrone donated 1,000 pheasant and duck.

During a recent visit to a school in Omagh, Lord Hamilton of Baronscourt Estate said: “It is amazing to see children in Northern Ireland being introduced to the benefits of healthy, nutritious game meat. The estate was delighted to help in any way we could, and we hope the project will continue in Northern Ireland.”

Annette Woolcock, the head of Taste of Game, said: “We have been thrilled with the response from Northern Ireland schools. We couldn’t have launched the project without the generosity of Baronscourt Estate.  It is a great opportunity for a generation of students.”

Tommy Mayne, the project ambassador for the scheme in Northern Ireland, said: “The response from schools has been phenomenal. We have received a warm welcome from both teachers and heir pupils, some of whom have never seen a pheasant or a wild duck.

“The project has provided a fantastic opportunity to highlight benefits of locally-sourced, sustainable game. Pupils and teachers alike have been surprised at how good game is to eat.”

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