Young life-savers needed for first aid competition
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
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
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