Ex Hull City player Jamie Heard opens Holderness Road healthy eating takeaway

If you fancy a bite to eat but want to keep it healthy, a former Hull City player may have the answer.

Jamie Heard, who played for the Tigers in the early 2000s, has opened a healthy eating takeaway in Holderness Road.

PB nutrition, which has opened up opposite East Park, has been opened by Mr Heard, 34, partner Michelle McIntyre to provide healthy and nutritious meals for the community.

The pair hope to be able to get regular custom from the city’s professional sports teams, having already given samples out to Hull FC, but they also want to serve the community with either one off meals or organised, personalised nutrition plans.

The new shop is based at 522, Holderness Road
The new shop is based at 522, Holderness Road

Mr Heard retired from playing a decade ago, but says he struggled to find a job he could get his “teeth into” – that is until now.

Jamie, who also played for Leyton Orient, Morecambe, Chester City and for Melbourne in Australia, says he hopes his experiences of playing professional football and trying to eat right will set him up well for his new challenge.

“I was quite naïve and was eating what I wanted and not really listening,” the former defender said. “When I was playing I’d have loved something like this.

“It’s the first one in Hull and it’s a new concept really.

Ex-Hull City player Jamie Heard and Michelle McIntyre are preparing to launch their new business PB Nutrition
Ex-Hull City player Jamie Heard and Michelle McIntyre are preparing to launch their new business PB Nutrition

“It’s all come about because I used to play for Hull City and Michelle used to work in nutrition.”

Mr Heard says he’s spent years trying to find his vocation after his football career came to an end but is yet to find something he loves doing. He said: “I’ve been on a personal training course and sort of been in and out of jobs. I’ve never found anything I could get my teeth into and enjoy.”

He’s now teamed up with Michelle McIntyre, a keen member of Hull’s amateur boxing scene, to combine their knowhow and try their hand in business. She hopes their new venture will tie in nicely with Hull’s pre-existing fitness options.

She said: “Obviously there’s a few gyms nearby. Woodford Leisure Centre has just opened and there’s the Park Run in East Park so that should help too.

Woodford Leisure Centre has recently reopened nearby
Woodford Leisure Centre has recently reopened nearby

“We’re going to try and link in with doctors. Hull has got a problem with obesity but we’ve tried to make the meals obtainable and achievable.

“I got involved in the amateur boxing scene about five or six years ago. I really enjoyed it and got put through courses. I’ve always been a foodie so took an interest through that.”

The irony of being located next to East Park Chippy hasn’t been lost on the pair – “You can get your healthy meals and your cheat day all in one,” according to Michelle.

The shop will open for a special launch event this Saturday, between 11am and 2pm where they will give out free samples to the public, talk through the best ways to order products and give advice on personalised nutrition plans.

Michelle preparing a nutritious meal in the kitchen
Michelle preparing a nutritious meal in the kitchen

Products will be available to buy in store at 522, Holderness Road and on their new website www.pbnutrition.online

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