Ashley Banjo, Diversity star and Active KidsSainsbury’s Ferndown is calling for schools in the Ferndown and surrounding areas to cook up a treat as part of the Active Kids Superstar Cooks competition for the chance to win £10,000 of new kitchen equipment and an exclusive dance lesson with competition judge Ashley Banjo of Diversity.

Active Kids Superstar Cooks challenges pupils to create the ultimate, great tasting, healthy meal in the classroom, which will be judged by a panel of experts and Ashley Banjo, who will be comparing how the entries fair against the healthy eating guidelines set out in the Superstar Cooks competition toolkit (available at

The competition has been created for children of all ages and abilities, with entries in two age categories 5 to 11 and 11 to 16 year olds. One winning school will be selected in each of the two age groups.

Ashley Banjo, Diversity star and Active Kids Superstar Cooks judge, said: “Eating well and being active has always been a really important part of my life. I developed a love of good food when I was young as I quickly discovered that it made me a better dancer. I’ve teamed up with Active Kids Superstar Cooks because I’m passionate about inspiring kids to learn how to cook basic recipes that will help them as adults. They might not grow up to be professional dancers or athletes, but all young people need to understand that eating well will help them feel good and give them the energy to lead full and active lives, now and in the future.”

For the first time, practical cookery becomes compulsory for children up to Year 9 in England and Sainsbury’s are inspiring a new generation of children to eat well through its Active Kids scheme.

Supported by free curriculum-linked lesson plans and recipe ideas, and fronted by Diversity founder and Got To Dance judge, Ashley Banjo, Sainsbury’s Active Kids Superstar Cooks will get children aged five to 16 cooking in the kitchen, helping to improve the Cooking Age of the next generation.

The competition runs until 24 November. For more information visit:

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