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Edition No. 202

Date:- 22 May 2005

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Total Fitness required

THE search for competitors for the 2006 Fulda Challenge has commenced and fitness enthusiasts from the Wirral are now being encouraged to apply.

Health and Fitness chain Total Fitness, the market leader in exercise and training, has joined forces with event organisers to help find the UK team for the annual arctic adventure. Application forms are currently available in each of its 21 gyms throughout the UK, including the Wirral branch in Prenton.

The 2006 Fulda Challenge will take place early next year, in the Yukon Territory of Canada. The weeklong challenge includes events such as marathon and mountain running, mountain biking, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and 4x4 driving.

The UK team will face tough competition from other international teams as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The teams comprise of one man and one woman who will drive in a convoy of Toyota Rav4s and face difficult driving conditions in temperatures as low as -50°C. Fulda's dedicated Tramp 4x4 Yukon tyres will be fitted to each Toyota to ensure ultimate grip and performance in the extreme conditions.

Fulda UK Brand Manager Marcus White is delighted that Total Fitness is involved in the search. "The standard of entries for 2005 was extremely high," he said "however, our aim is to submit an even stronger team next year. As well as possessing the fitness levels that the challenge requires, all the selected applicants will be required to work well on their own - and as part of a team. The Fulda Challenge is hard work but it also incorporates an element of fun. Total Fitness has in excess of 150,000 members and I am confident that there will be a lot of interest."

Manager of the Wirral branch, Richard Gasselling, also believes that the Fulda Challenge will be well received by its members. "The philosophy at Total Fitness is to offer the best facilities, programmes and expertise," he said. "This is a fantastic opportunity for the club's members and our fitness trainers will be on hand to tailor member's training programmes to suit the needs of the challenge. It would be great to have at least one representative at the UK selection event and even better if they went onto represent us in the Yukon."

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an initial selection event, which will be held at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Devon. This will take place over the weekend of 18-19 June 2005. Up to 5 men and Women will be selected to compete in the final Fulda Challenge elimination event, which takes place in Sulden, Italy in late September/early October 2005. Here the UK team will be chosen to compete in the Fulda Challenge, which takes place in January/February 2006.

Non-members can also apply by collecting an application form from the main reception desk at any Total Fitness centre, visit for details of your nearest centre, or by calling the organisers on 01652 680060. Applications can also be submitted online at 

Major translation service to be run by national social enterprise organisation

LIVERPOOL Translation Interpretation Service joins Novas Group. The Novas Group, a leading social enterprise organisation, which aims to tackle social exclusion and disadvantage across the UK and Ireland, is pleased to announce that the Liverpool Translation and Interpretation Service (LTIS) has joined the Group, transferring over from Liverpool City Council.

LTIS assists effective communication across language barriers by providing value-for-money interpreting and translation services to public sector organisations on Merseyside and beyond. ...continued...

...continued... It has provided translation and interpreting services in over 50 different languages and dialects, mainly to the public sector, since 1989. Customers of LTIS include the National Health Service (NHS), Liverpool City Council, Community Legal Services, Jobcentre Plus and the Immigration Advisory Service.

LTIS can provide experienced and qualified interpreters for appointments and focus groups, translations, telephone interpreting, advice on languages and cultural awareness and training and work opportunities for people with language skills.

"I am delighted that the Liverpool Translation and Interpretation Service has joined Novas. It provides us with a great opportunity to expand on our pioneering and award winning work in the North West with Black and Minority Ethnic communities, enabling us in partnership to meet the needs of Liverpool's diverse culture. We work together with thousands of individuals every year from diverse backgrounds and who speak a multitude of languages. There is a great opportunity for these individuals to work with LTIS, encouraging their own personal development and its growth as a social business, whilst benefiting the customers of public and private sectors of Liverpool and beyond."
said Maria Donoghue-Mills, Chief Executive of Novas. 


FOOTBALL in St Helens got a £531,305 boost this week as the UK's biggest sports charity, the Football Foundation, announced the award to renovate football facilities at Sutton High Sports College. The cash boost, part of the Foundation's and the Big Lottery Fund's £30m commitment to improve school sports facilities, will enable the school to start construction of a new changing pavilion, as well as providing 2 new grass pitches at the school's Elton Head Road site. 

The new facilities will create one of the region's leading centres for sport, adding to the school's swimming pool, sports hall, tennis courts and athletics track. As well as providing the school's 1,500 pupils with outstanding opportunities the revamped site will also be available for use by nearby schools and the wider community after school and during weekends and holidays. Thousands of players, both male and female, of all ages and abilities are set to use the new facilities which are set to provide exercise and healthier lifestyles, encourage community cohesion and cut obesity levels in one of the most deprived areas of the North West. 

The Football Foundation is dedicated to revitalising the grass roots of the game, constructing modern football facilities, developing football as a force for social cohesion and as a vehicle for education in communities throughout the country. Funded by the Premier League, the Football Association, Sport England and the Government. The Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity, having already funded 1000 projects worth almost £300 million.

Foundation Chief Executive Peter Lee welcomed this cash boost for schools:- "Young people deserve the opportunity to expand their potential, not necessarily to be the best, but simply to enjoy our nation's favourite game. This massive funding package will go a long way to ensuring the next generation of footballers have access to some of the most modern facilities the game has to offer. Sport, particularly football, can play a huge part in encouraging healthier lifestyles, enhancing personal development and acting as an aid for learning." 

Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said:- "This new grant will make a real difference for young people by giving them improved football facilities through which they can build a strong foundation for a healthier lifestyle. I look forward to seeing the Big Lottery Fund's PE and Sport programme, through the Football Foundation, have a positive impact on broader community issues across education, health and social inclusion by encouraging participation in sport."

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