24 December 2010
Nineteen young football fans attended training sessions with players from Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United this week, getting a chance to practise their soccer skills with some big names from the Premier League as well as learning some valuable first aid tips.
The winners, all aged between 11-16, saw off stiff competition to win money-can’t-buy experiences as part of the British Red Cross Life. Live It. campaign, which is helping inspire young people to learn first aid.
They met Premier League stars including Mark Bunn and Vince Grella from Blackburn Rovers and Alan Smith and Danny Simpson from Newcastle United.
Before the kick about, the winners and their friends were shown first aid techniques, such as resuscitation and the recovery position. And they weren’t the only ones to learn some useful first aid techniques – Rovers goalkeeper Mark Bunn also got to practise mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an Annie doll – much to his teammates’ amusement.
Jake Holland from York was one of the winners who showed the Rovers stars a thing or two about how to pass and move, managing a rainbow flick over one of the player's heads.
Jake also picked up a couple of useful first aid tips during the day. He said: “I knew a bit about first aid before today from watching Casualty on TV but I definitely know more now."
Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith told the young winners: “I first learnt first aid when I was a youth training scheme player – and we have refresher training every couple of years. I put my training into practice when I saw a man on a train having a heart attack. Unfortunately he didn’t survive, but I was pleased that I had learnt what to do – so I could help as l much as I could.”
After the Blackburn session, the winners entered the media suite where they put their questions to physio Dave Fevre and first team coach Iain Brunskill. They found out a lot more about the importance of being able to treat football injuries, while Dave made everyone turn slightly pale with details of a gruesome football injury when a player’s shin bone stuck out of his sock.
A session to learn about sports injuries is one of a series of experiences in sport, fashion, dance and music that young people can win as part of the Life. Live It. campaign.
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