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Issue:- 28 March 2013

European Gold Athlete Visits Sports Science Students

HOLLY Bleasdale, the new European Pole Vault Champion and her husband, England 800m runner Paul Bradshaw, recently visited the Foundation Degree Sport and Exercise Science students for a question and answer session; giving students a fantastic opportunity to speak to two leading athletes who are experiencing elite coaching and training interventions.

Holly, 21, a former Runshaw student, has just recently won the prestigious gold medal for her pole vault at the European Athletic Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden after she was given the option to share the gold with Polish rival Anna Rogowska or continue competing in the pole vault's equivalent of a penalty shoot-out.

Holly opted for the latter and won gold after pole vaulting almost 4.67 metres; becoming GB's first European pole vault champion after just four years of taking up the sport at a taster session!

Holly and her husband Paul both now live in Phoenix, America and train with world renowned supercoach, Dan Pfaff, who Holly shared her credit with for her victory and who she has been training with since August 2012.

As part of the visit Holly answered questions that the students put to her about the key demands of her sport and her daily training. She says:- "Training is intense and I train everyday apart from Sunday. A typical session can last between 4 and 6 hours. My training consists of sprinting and vaulting, conditioning such as plyos, hurdle bounds and conditioning work for the core such as pole vault specific exercises. Then I finish on the weights."

Damian Harper, course leader for FD Sport and Exercise Science says:- "It was a real privilege to have Holly and Paul visit the students and answer their questions. It was a great opportunity for our students to speak to and to listen to what an elite athlete experiences in their day to day training and how much commitment and dedication they put in to their sport."

Holly now has the ambition of becoming the world's greatest, aiming to be able to vault 5.20 metres!

Damian adds:- "Now more than ever, the scientific basis of sport and its relevance to performance are seen as vital aids to athletes the world over. The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games should see exciting opportunities for anyone interested in pursuing a career in sport."

This Foundation Degree is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of sports science and its core disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

If you would like further information about the course, please email Damian Harper, course leader

Formby Walk of Witness

THE annual Formby Churches Together's Walk Of Witness takes place again at 11am on Good Friday (29 March 2013), with the procession walking down from the Formby War Memorial to the Formby Pool Gardens for an open air service. The service will include a re-enactment of Jesus' last hours, with the cast dressed in full costume. The parade and service is open to any denomination and totally free. After the event you can warm up with hot drinks and food at Holy Trinity Church, The Pool Cafe or in any of the many tea rooms and cafes in the village. This is a fantastic event for all ages to attend.

BHS in Southport gear up for Easter Extravaganza in support of the NSPCC

BHS in Southport are gearing themselves up for a special Easter week extravaganza to support the work of the NSPCC. The Easter extravaganza will be held at the Southport store from Friday, 27 March 2013 to Saturday, 6 April 2013 and customers are being urged to come along and support their fundraising efforts. The fundraising activity will involve a host of activities including in-store collections, raffles and much more.

BHS, the UK's major high street retailer have been supporting the NSPCC since 2008 and through the Easter fundraising weekend aim to engage with customers and employees about how they can help children and young people.

NSPCC corporate executive Alison Roberts said:- "BHS have been fantastic supporters of NSPCC and staff are always keen to get stuck in to fundraising activities. The BHS Easter fundraising week extravaganza promises fun for all so I'd encourage everyone to get down to their local BHS store and enjoy a host of activities. As a volunteer-led charity the NSPCC rely on the generosity of our fundraisers to help generate the money we need to support children across the region. None of the services and projects would be possible without the continued generosity of supporters like BHS and the support of the public. Every penny that you donate and every second of the time that you give helps to make a difference to a child's life."

The Easter fundraising activity will help raise money to support the NSPCCs services across Southport and the UK. It could pay for more ChildLine counsellors to answer contacts from children by phone and online; help the NSPCC answer more calls from adults with concerns about a child; and enable the charity to develop innovative and pioneering services for children who have suffered abuse and harm.

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