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Edition No. 153

Date:- 29 May 2004

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THEY don't guarantee to be a class act , but no one can accuse Fazakerley High School's members of staff of not being game for a laugh!

No less than 28 teachers and support staff from the Liverpool school have entered the Sefton Corporate Cup on July 14.

The 7 teams are all in training for the 5km all-ability run and, appropriately, the High School's participants are from a wide range of ages and levels of running experience!

Special needs teacher Dave Revell, who has co-ordinated the enterprise, explains that the staff saw taking part in the Corporate Cup and getting together to do training runs. As a good way of socialising and fostering team spirit:- "this school did have a bit of a tradition of doing the Corporate Cup a few years back but then faded out," Dave says. "This year a few of us were talking about it, then the whole thing just snowballed.

We're a real mixed bag of ages and abilities from folk like me who have done quite a few runs to people who have never done anything remotely athletic before. Initially we were wondering whether we would recruit enough women - but in the end we needn't have worried, because more girls than men have come forward!"

Apart from one team of school secretaries who's team name was "The Tena Ladies!" as they wanted to run together, Dave has created the teams by drawing names out of a hat, rather than basing them on ability.

"At the end of the day we're doing this for a bit of fun,"
he says. "Apart from a Christmas party we don't do much on the socialising front at all, and this is a good way of doing something together, especially in the last week of the school year."

The Corporate Cup, held in Victoria Park, is funded by South Sefton PCT and Southport and Formby PCT, with the British Heart Foundation as this year's charity beneficiary.

Entry forms and information can be obtained from Healthstart on 0151 707 2566 or email

Jobs To Be Created by Haslam Homes in Liverpool

NEW jobs are to be created in Walton and Liverpool as award winning house builder, Haslam Homes, launches its second site in the region.

The company told us that it anticipates new local jobs will be created across the whole range of construction, including the skilled trades of bricklayers, joiners and 
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....continue.....   electricians.  A number of apprenticeships may be available. Haslam will also be looking to develop new partnerships with local subcontractors.

Haslam Homes' Regional Manager for the North West, Tim Wray said:- "We have been fortunate in our recruitment in Accrington, creating a skilled and dedicated workforce. We are looking to achieve the same in Walton and welcome enquiries from tradesmen and subcontractors.

Haslam Homes is leading the way in the construction industry with its approach to staff development with ongoing training programmes. Staff are invited to progress through the Haslam Academy which is an innovative training programme that takes candidates with flair and ambition and turns out housing development entrepreneurs."

Rising to the challenge in aid of the NSPCC

THE Liverpool based Weston Spirit has got its employees stepping away from their desks, taking off their suits and throwing downs to participate in the 4th annual Microsoft Challengers Trophy, Europe's largest inter-company team-building event, in aid of the NSPCC.

June will see Weston Spirit representatives compete against more than 100 teams from over 50 UK companies in the Isle of Wight, in an attempt to win the coveted Microsoft Challengers Trophy, and to help raise an estimated £400,000 for the children's charity. 

Teams taking part in the three day and four night challenge will face a series of top secret challenges, which may include tasks such as canoeing, abseiling, mountain biking and code cracking. All tasks are designed to test both physical and mental strength, whilst developing team spirit.

Weston Spirit Chief Executive, Ben Harrison, said:- "The team expects the Microsoft Challengers Trophy to push us to our physical and mental limits. It will enable us to share experiences we wouldn't get from our normal working environment, while pitting our skills against key competitors and the big names in business.

We're all really looking forward to the experience. It's particularly rewarding being offered this opportunity as a national charity, as part of the Microsoft academy teams and helping the NSPCC to achieve their aim to end cruelty to children."

NSPCC Chief Executive, Mary Marsh, said:- "This year marks 10 years of Microsoft's support for the NSPCC and as part of the celebrations it would be wonderful to see all the teams working together to produce a record breaking fundraising result. In 2003, the Microsoft Challengers Trophy raised over £350,000 for the NSPCC, and this year we hope to see that figure reach £400,000."

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