The Food Champions Project

The Food Champions project is a collaboration between The National Lottery and the country’s top sports nutritionists from the English Institute of Sport (EIS) who work daily with many of Great Britain’s leading Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The campaign aims to share the eating habits and refuelling secrets of professional sportspeople with the public and takes the expertise which informs the dietary regimes of elite athletes and applies it to everyday lifestyles.

40 healthy, delicious, nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare recipes have been developed as part of the campaign.  They are focused on eight sports and are designed to deliver the ‘nutritional outcomes’ that food needs to provide to help improve performance in those sports.

The Project Partners

National Lottery players raise £34 million every week for arts, sport, heritage and community projects. Sport funding provides equipment and improves facilities for thousands of sports clubs at all levels across the UK and allows 1,300 athletes to train full-time and benefit from excellent facilities, coaching, and leading medical and scientific advice through organisations like the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Money raised by National Lottery players is distributed by 12 National Lottery distributors: Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, British Film Institute (BFI), The Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, SportScotland, Sport Wales, UK Sport.

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The EIS helps elite athletes to improve performance through the delivery of science, including nutritional advice, medicine, technology and engineering. It is the team behind many of Britain’s most successful Olympic and Paralympic sports and its 350 employees deliver more than 4,500 hours of service each week to over 1,100 Lottery funded athletes. 86% of athletes that won a medal for Team GB at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were supported by the EIS.

More than 20 Performance Nutritionists work for the EIS. The team’s mission is "to unleash the power of the 8,000 meals an athlete eats every four years to reduce the risk of injury and illness, facilitate their adaptation to training and enhance competition performance".

Members of the EIS’s Performance Nutrition team that have contributed to The Food Champions project (or campaign) are: Dr Kevin Currell, Wendy Martinson OBE, Lauren Delaney, Freddy Brown, Mhairi Keil, Dr Sophie Killer, Michael Naylor, Terri Paulsen, Stephanie Shreeve and Matthew Westmoreland. The recipes were developed in conjunction with consultant chef, Omar Meziane, who works with a number of elite sports teams.

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