Posted on: 1/03/2016

Sixteen year 8 students become junior fire fighters thanks to Sportivate

Sixteen Year 8 girls from Cressex Community School have taken part in the first ever Junior FireFit course run by High Wycombe Fire Station and LEAP, the Bucks & MK Sport and Activity Partnership, after funding was secured from Sport England’s ‘Sportivate’ fund.

The course is designed to encourage young people to partake in regular physical exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle, using the role of a fire fighter as inspiration.

Run as an afterschool club, the course was split into six sessions covering topics such as the life of a fire fighter; diet and nutrition; health and wellbeing; hoax and arson; community fire safety; and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Also included were key skills in first aid, where the junior fire fighters learnt how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.

Students and staff were full of praise for the course.

I came along to do something with my friends instead of sitting at home texting. I wanted to be more active.

Laura Jones, Key Stage 3 Leader, said,

Sportivate has been an absolutely fantastic opportunity for the girls at Cressex Community School, working alongside the fire service, going to the fire station, learning how to be fit and healthy and everything there is to know about the fire service and becoming a future fire fighter.

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