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Hundreds Attend Fire Fit Active Challenge 2014

Hundreds Attend Fire Fit Active Challenge 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Around 340 schoolchildren from across Merseyside were put through their paces at the 2014 Fire Fit Active Challenge organised by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

The World Cup Brazil-themed event saw pupils from 11 Merseyside schools competing in a range of sports such as netball, rugby, football and volleyball, at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service staff delivered the event and firefighters from Toxteth and Kirkby community fire stations also gave their support, along with young volunteers from the Prince’s Trust Toxteth Team 20.

All the children were given special yellow and green Fire Fit t-shirts, to fit in with the colours of the Brazil flag and were awarded a Brazil-themed certificate at the end of the tournament.

As well as promoting sport, the event also encouraged healthy eating with a variety of nutritious food from across the world on offer for children to sample.

MF&RS Group Manager Gary Oakford, who organised the event, said: “It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic children taking part in the range of sports.

“With all the excitement surrounding the World Cup, which has been hosted in Brazil this year, it was a clear choice as the theme for the event to promote sport. However the children took part in a variety of sports as well as football.

“Through the Fire Fit initiative, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service works to encourage a healthy lifestyle among young people, which ties in with our aim to create safer, stronger communities. The children who took part had lots of fun and hopefully it will make them want to take up sport.”

Schools that took part in the Active Challenge included: Christ the King Primary School in Wavertree, Mab Lane Primary School in West Derby, Plantation Primary School in Halewood, Windsor Street Primary School in Toxteth, English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Litherland, Rice Lane Juniors School in Walton; St Luke’s Primary School in Crosby, Merton Bank Primary School in St Helens, St Peter and St Paul’s Primary School in Kirkby, Prenton Primary School in Prenton, and St Michael and All Angels Primary School in Kirkby.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme, which Toxteth Team 20 are part of, is run by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for young people aged 16 to 25-years-old who are not in employment, education or training. The 12-week course is aimed at developing young people’s skills to strengthen their job prospects.

:: Photo shows children at the Fire Fit Active Challenge 2014. Photo copyright of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

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