Kickz promoting sea safety

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by Stuart Vose

Kickz programme teams up with RNLI.

More than 25 youngsters from the Foundation of Light’s Kickz programme took part in a special course designed to promote sea and beach safety recently.

Organised in association with the RNLI Lifeguards Sunderland, the participants were introduced to a vast range of subjects including accident prevention, survival, rescue, life support and first aid through two days of practical and theory sessions.

Whilst the course was great fun it is vitally important for them to understand the dangers of water and how to combat them, be safe and make the right decisions

- Ian Corner, Kickz North Coordinator

Lifeguards from the RNLI’s base at Roker Beach were on hand to offer their expertise the group of 13 to 19-year-olds from Peterlee, Chester-le-Street and Seaburn who also received a Royal Life Saving Society first aid certificate upon completion of the course.

Speaking of the course Ian Corner, Kickz North Coordinator said: “We are very grateful to the RNLI for giving us the opportunity to help our young people develop their practical and personal skills through this course.

“Whilst the course was great fun it is vitally important for them to understand the dangers of water and how to combat them, be safe and make the right decisions.”

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Si Bristow, said: “We were delighted to welcome the youngsters from the Foundation of Light’s Kickz programme.

“Courses such as this are a fantastic way of engaging young people from across the region and help improve their knowledge of water safety.”

The Foundation of Light’s award-winning Kickz programme provides a range of sport-related activities for 13 to 19-year-olds across the North East, with the aim of developing young people’s potential.

Timetables of Kickz sessions can be found HERE.

Further information about RNLI’s Safety and Education can be found at their website HERE.

Originally developed by the Football Foundation, Metropolitan Police and The Premier League, Kickz uses the power of football to engage with young people through a variety of activities including sports, music, arts and developmental workshops.