World Police and Fire Games Launch Schools' Roadshow "Get Ready For Eddie"

get ready for eddie launchEmergency Eddie, the World Police and Fire Games mascot, is going on the road to encourage schools across Northern Ireland to connect with one of the largest multi-sports events in the world.

The “Get Ready for Eddie” Roadshow along with Sport Northern Ireland’s unique Activ8 Low Ropes Challenge will be visiting around 20 primary schools from now until the end of June to promote the World Police and Fire Games special Schools’ Programme and to highlight the importance of sport. The World Police and Fire Games which will attract 25,000 visitors including 10,000 competitors will be held in Northern Ireland from 1st – 10th August.

Whilst sport is naturally a key element of the Games, and there will be 57 different sports featured, another important aspect is the community engagement and legacy which the Games will engender. The World Police and Fire Games Schools’ Programme has been designed as a free resource for every school in Northern Ireland with an Irish language version also available.

John Tully, WPFG Chief Executive explains, “Hosting these prestigious Games in Northern Ireland gives the Police, Fire and Prison Services from across the world, a fabulous opportunity to engage with our local communities and in particular our young people. The lesson materials, which have been written by teachers, are not only of great educational value but also provide the opportunity for practical input from local Police and Fire officers. Schools are also being asked to ‘buddy up’ with visiting teams and through IT provision in classrooms, it will be possible for schools to video conference and communicate electronically withtheir partnered teams from around the world. It is our goal that pupils will not only be enthused to actively experience the World Police and Fire Games events but that in the long terms the Games will have increased mutual respect and understanding of young people towards the emergency services.”

Danny O’Connor, Sport Northern Ireland Board Member said, “The Sport Northern Ireland Activ8 Challenge has been visiting primary schools and sporting locations throughout the year and over 25,000 young people have already experienced the energetic and fun way to improve their A, B, Cs (agility, balance and co-ordination). The schools’ roadshow is a great way to get more children fit and healthy.”

“Inspired by the London 2012 Games, Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 programme encourages children and young people to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day and to eat a balanced diet, and uses eight simple steps to stay active and keep healthy.”

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