Schools urged to compete in first aid competition

Young first aider pack

Schools in Hampshire are being urged to come forward to take part in the National Schools First Aid Competition.

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.

Lorrin Evans
Schools Liaison Officer, Hampshire

Regional round

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 February.

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 aid.

'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.

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