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Kit Support For Basketball Team
Fire Fit is helping to support youth sport and
its brand has been included on the latest
season’s kit for the Toxteth Tigers basketball team.
The Toxteth Tigers team had raised the majority of the funds to pay for its kits through supermarket bag packs
Group Manager Gary Oakford, who heads up the Fire Fit programme at our Service, said: “We work with young people throughout the year with firefighters and other staff going into schools as part of our Fire Fit programme. We are committed to developing health and fitness within the community and help to reach and engage with young people to reduce the risk of fires occurring in communities.
“This is just another example of ways we work with young people to engage with them and encourage sports and fitness.”
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Fire Fit programme has
been developed since the World Firefighter Games were staged in Liverpool in 2008. Fire Fit also supports the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, in Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth. The centre is a Myplace youth zone, learning and sports centre for young people from across Liverpool.
The Toxteth Tigers also train and have games at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub.
Vicky Connolly, club secretary of the Toxteth Tigers, said:
“It’s great to have this level of commitment from the Fire Fit programme, in terms of venue, practical and moral support from the Hub and its friendly staff. We are proud to be spreading the Fire Fit brand across the North West when we travel to our away games, and are delighted to invite opposition teams to our fantastic new home at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub.”
The team trains Monday and Thursday evenings and England Basketball National League games are held on Saturdays at 12pm.
Vicky said: “Everyone is welcome to attend our games and support the team. Toxteth Tigers are also always looking for new ways to involve local people in the game as players, coaches and officials amongst other roles, but are equally always keen to be involved in their community outside of basketball itself. Anyone interested in helping out, or those who just want to find out more information can contact or check out our Facebook page Toxteth Tigers Basketball.”
More than £190,000 in National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund has been awarded to the Liverpool 8 Sports Facility Partnership.
The Sports partnership includes the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub,
The Florence Institute, Belvedere Community Activity Centre, Admiral Park, Starr Fields, Lifestyles Park Road and Target Football.
The funding, which was announced on December 9, is for a three- year Active 8 project that is expected to start later this year, and aims to encourage more community sports participation, particularly in deprived areas.
The project, which is also receiving support from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and The Plus Dane Group, will focus on developing sports opportunities for 14 to 25-year-olds, but will also deliver specific programmes of activity for adults of all ages.
It will involve the appointment of three Local Sports Activators, who will deliver activity and engage participants through taster sessions, outreach work and community-based programmes.
In total Sport England have awarded £194,640 to the project.
Femi Sowande, Manager of the Florence Institute, said:
“The funding is a great boost for the Liverpool 8 area and will greatly increase the number of young people and adults taking part
in sport. It was great to hear that the project had secured funding support from Sport England.
“The strength of this local partnership was a major factor in the decision by Sport England to award this grant.”
Sara Lawton, Managing Director of the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, said:
“This funding will really help our 2014 project to encourage more people including young people into sport and healthier lifestyles.
“There will be more information on what the project will involve in 2014 but we are all excited about what is to come and we know we can build on the success and the numbers of young people from across Liverpool we are already seeing using the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub as well as other sporting facilities across Liverpool 8. I’d also like to thank Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for their support to this project.”
The project is one of 36 which has received a share of £5.9 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.
The Liverpool 8 Sports Facility Partnership Group was established in May 2012, through support by the Plus Dane Group, a local housing association, with six local organisations committed to working together to jointly plan and deliver sport and physical activity opportunities for the communities of Toxteth and Dingle.
Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Group Manager Gary Oakford, back row, far left of the photo, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Deputy Chief Executive Kieran Timmins, back row on the far right of the photo, stand with the Toxteth Tigers in their new kit which has a Fire Fit logo on. The team are pictured in the sports hall of the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub.

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