Schools urged to compete in first aid competition
Schools in Hampshire are being urged to
come forward to take part in the National Schools First Aid
First aid in real-life situations
The St John Ambulance
National Schools' First Aid Competition encourages school
teams to battle it out for the title by carrying out first aid in a
variety of real- life settings.
The contest is open to teams of four plus a reserve and
tests pupils' first aid knowledge, treatment and teamwork.
Nearly seven out of ten pupils said they wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew was hurt, yet 72% of these children would like to learn first aid.
Schools Liaison Officer, Hampshire
The regional round is in Portsmouth on Friday 10 June and
the winners will take part in the national competition at the
Natural History Museum, London, on Wednesday 29 June 2011.
Teams must have completed levels from the St John Ambulance
Young First Aider course and need to have entered by 28
More than just first aid
Lorrin Evans, who is responsible for schools training at St John
Ambulance Hampshire, said first aid improves self-esteem, develops
confidence and fosters a sense of belonging and service.
'Nearly seven out of ten pupils said they wouldn’t know what to
do if someone they knew was hurt, yet 72% of these children would
like to learn first aid.'
He added that 83% of these children said they would feel more
confident helping those around them if they were taught first
'We would urge as many schools as possible to take part in our
young first aider training and compete in our national schools
competitions, so that they can be the difference
between a life lost and a life saved,' said Evans.
Prerequisites for participating
All participants need to have learnt first aid skills through
the easy to use Young First Aider Course, St John Ambulance's
interactive training pack.
There is still time for schools to sign up for the Young First
Aider Course and take part in the competitions.
St John Ambulance teaches valuable life skills to young people
by training them in first aid, in schools and through its youth
schemes. More than 600,000 pupils are trained each year in schools
across the country.