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Schools connect to world multi-sports events



Schools across Northern Ireland are being given the opportunity to connect with one of the largest multi-sports events in the world.  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 next year.

Whilst sport is naturally a key component of the Games, and there will be 66 different sports featured, another important aspect is the community engagement and legacy which the Games will engender.  To this end a special 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.  The Programme is for key stages 2 and 3 and reflects a number of areas of the revised curriculum including PDMU, LLW, Physical Education, Arts/Drama, Language and Literacy and History.  All the lessons have been endorsed by the NI Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

John Tully, CEO, 2013 WPFG 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.  Initial contact will be made when either a Police or Fire officer delivers the pack to each school.  The lesson materials, which have been written by teachers, are designed for delivery by the classroom teacher but there is also the opportunity to have input from local Police and Fire officers who will add a real and practical dimension to the resource.”

“We are also very grateful to C2K who have been partners in the development of the pack, and through IT provision in classrooms, it will be possible for schools to video conference and communicate electronically with teams from around the world.  It is our ambition that the Schools’ Programme will not only enthuse pupils from across Northern Ireland to actively experience the World Police and Fire Games events next year, but that in the long term the Games will have increased mutual respect and understanding of young people towards the emergency services.”

The World Police and Fire Games Schools’ Programme packs are available on the C2K system which also provides powerpoint and supporting materials.  The lessons are written in such a way that they can be incorporated at any stage throughout the year and are reflective of the statutory requirements of various areas of the curriculum.

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Media contact:  Jane Wells, JPR – Tel:  028 9076 0066.  Mob:  07860 288860.  Email:  [email protected] 



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