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Young life-savers needed for first aid competition

Young people learning first aid

Schools in each region are being urged to come forward to take part in a national first aid competition aimed at celebrating young people’s life saving skills.

Our national schools’ first aid competition encourages school teams from across the country to battle it out against their peers by carrying out first aid in a variety of scenarios on live ‘casualties’.

The contest – held in qualifying rounds followed by a national final at Drayton Manor theme park, Tamworth, on 25 June 2014 – tests young people’s first aid knowledge, communication skills and teamwork.

We are now on the search for school teams to take part. Teams of four plus a reserve can enter junior and senior categories and take part in regional rounds.

To enter, the teams must have completed levels from the Young First Aider pack or the relevant courses on our online teaching resource Teach the Difference and submit their on-line applications by 15 January 2014.

First aid knowledge put to the test

Lisa Millington, Community Projects Manager at St John Ambulance, said: ‘First aid is not only a vital life skill, it also improves self-esteem, develops confidence and fosters a sense of belonging, which is why we’re encouraging more schools to give their students a chance to learn it.

’The competition is a great way for young people to strengthen their knowledge while having fun. We use acting casualties who demonstrate a variety of everyday emergencies, so what could be a better way for the pupils to test their skills?’

Ella Butcher, a pupil from Lantern Lane Primary School in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, whose team won the junior category in this year’s competition, said: ‘It was really exciting to be part of the competition and to win. It is good to learn something that can help someone if they needed it in an emergency.’

St John Ambulance teaches valuable life skills to young people by training them in first aid in schools and through its youth schemes. In 2012 it delivered training of valuable life saving skills to over 93,000 young people.

Our Young First Aider pack is easy for both teachers and pupils to use and there’s still time for schools to receive it and take part in the competition.

For more information and to enter the competitions or to contact your nearest St John Ambulance schools trainer, telephone 08700 10 49 50 or visit the Teach the difference website.