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First aid winners kick off with Premiership stars

16 December 2010

Young football playersLucky young football fans are joining their Premiership heroes at Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers for two special training sessions, after winning a Red Cross competition.

The young winners will get a unique opportunity to train alongside the Blackburn squad on 20 December or the Newcastle players on Tuesday 21 December. Besides enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a kick about with their heroes, they will also get special first aid training from the Red Cross on how to treat sporting injuries.

Koen Usher (11), from Richmond in North Yorkshire, is attending the Newcastle session. He said: “I’m a massive football fan and have always wanted to meet the team, so having the opportunity to have a kick about with Danny Simpson really is a dream come true.

“I’m looking forward to learning first aid skills, which will be really useful if me or my mates ever have an accident on the pitch or anywhere else – everything from bandaging a sprained ankle to helping someone with a head-injury.”

First aid skills

The competition was held as part of the British Red Cross Life. Live it campaign, which is encouraging young people across the UK to learn life-saving skills so they are better able to cope in an emergency.

And there’s never been a more pressing need for young people to be equipped with such skills. A recent survey, commissioned by the British Red Cross, showed that a massive 89 per cent of 11-16 year olds had been confronted with some kind of medical emergency – and 46 per cent simply didn’t know what to do.

Young life-savers

In the survey’s most compelling statistic, a huge majority –  97 per cent – of young people said they believed first aid education would improve their confidence and willingness to act in a crisis. 

The new Red Cross campaign builds upon the success of the organisation’s Life.Live it. teaching resource, which enables educators with no previous first aid experience to teach life-saving skills to young people.

More about the British Red Cross Life. Live it campaign

Check out the Life.Live it. teaching resource


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