TWO city supermarkets are hoping to improve the health of children here in Worcester.

Customers at the Sainsbury's stores in Blackpole and St Johns are being encouraged to collect Active Kids vouchers.

The supermarket giant says this will help registered schools, groups and clubs across Worcester receive sporting and cookery equipment.

More than 200 organisations across the country are now registered to the Active Kids scheme, including Perdiswell Primary School in Worcester.

The scheme is running just months before key changes to the national curriculum which will see all pupils between the ages of seven and 14 taught cookery from September.

To support the changes, more than 100 new cookery and nutrition toolkits have been added to the range of sports and cooking equipment on offer as part of the voucher exchange for schools, Scouts and Guide groups and clubs.

“Throughout the last 10 years, our customers have played a key part in helping young children understand cooking and healthy eating from a young age," said Sainsbury's Blackpole store manager, Gavin Jones.

"With lots of great incentives this year and a greater focus on healthy eating and nutrition, we hope all of our registered schools, groups and clubs across Worcester have fun collecting over the next few months”.

Worcester customers have until Tuesday, May 20 to collect the vouchers in-store.