Sale Sharks team up with
energy giant to deliver Wirral rugby project
have joined forces with 1 of Europe's leading energy groups to launch a new
Wirral based project, designed to get more girls into rugby; and encourage
disabled or elderly people to be more active.
which operates the Burbo Bank
Extension Wind Farm, that is located off
the coast of the Wirral and South Sefton, has provided, with its partners, a
grant of more than 10,000 pounds to fund the 12 month project. Coaches from the
award winning Sale Sharks Community Trust will kick off 28 weeks of sessions
designed to encourage girls to play the game with a special event, at Oldershaw
RUFC, in Wallasey. And at the same time, coaches will also be delivering 28
weeks of inclusive tag rugby and walking rugby at Birkenhead Park RUFC aimed at
encouraging non-traditional rugby playing groups; like the elderly or disabled;
to join the club and get involved.
Sale Sharks Inclusion Officer Vicky Irwin said:-
"We're incredibly grateful to DONG Energy and its partners for the support and
funding they've provided to deliver this fantastic project. The Women's Rugby
World Cup has just finished and we saw how popular that was and how it inspired
girls to pick up a rugby ball. Now we want to make sure we provide opportunities
to capitalise on that by giving as many girls as possible the chance to get
involved in the game. We also know how powerful rugby can be in terms of helping
to combat social isolation, which is a real issue for elderly and disabled
people. This work can make a really positive impact on people's lives in Wirral
and we're excited to get this project underway."
Natasha Nanuck, a Stakeholder Advisor from DONG Energy, said:- "We're
absolutely committed to being part of the communities where we operate, like the
Wirral, and so I'm delighted to see funds from the Burbo Bank Extension
Community Fund going to such a worthwhile local project. Our presence in the
North West is something we're very proud of and the reason we set up this fund
is to help make a difference locally. Getting more people in the area to be
active through rugby is a great initiative and one that we're very happy to be
For more information on the project
Vicky Irwin, or visit:-
to find out more about the work of the Sale Sharks Community Trust.
Did you know that:- The Sale Sharks are 1 of the leading professional Rugby
Union clubs in Europe and the pride of the North West. Historically based in the
Manchester suburb of Sale, but now playing at AJ Bell Stadium, the Sharks
compete in the Aviva Premiership, having played in England's top flight since
About Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund...
The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the North Wales and
English coast, off the Irish Sea, within a defined area. Approximately ₤225,000
is available each year. The Fund is split equally between 2 annual funding
rounds. There are 2 levels of grants available:-
► Small grants between ₤500 and ₤5,000.
► Main grants between ₤5,001 and ₤25,000.
Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the
Parents urged to access
vital funding to help children become 'School Ready'
LIFE chances commission finds that a
⅓ of childcare settings in the Liverpool City Region are missing out on
vital funding of up to ₤300 per week, for disadvantaged children. Commission
announces 3 moves to counter low take up...
Ensuring a child is ready for school, regardless of their background, is a key
priority for the Liverpool City Region Life Chances Commission which informs the
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Health, Adult and Children's Services
The Commission has found in a survey that the Early Years Pupil Premium, a fund
worth up to ₤300 per week, which is aimed at helping 3 and 4 year olds become
'School Ready,' is having a positive impact on disadvantaged children's development
in the Liverpool City Region:-
Most childcare providers see clear improvements in confidence, self esteem,
language and communication skills as a result of the funding.
Funding is generally being used on communication and language training, early
literacy programmes, play based learning and social and emotional learning
Using funding for play and outdoor based learning has improved social and
emotional skills as well as language and communication.
1 respondent to the survey stated that:- "most children in last year's
cohort made more than expected or accelerated progress in most areas of
as a result of an:- 'Early Years Pupil Premium' funded programme.
A number of providers stated that the Early Talk Boost and Chatterjacks
programmes in particular have improved communication and language skills.
However, take up of the funding remains incomplete, with around a
childcare providers surveyed by the Commission not receiving any 'Early Years
Pupil Premium' funding. Those providers are aware of eligible children who were
not claiming the extra funding, and 1 of the main reasons for this is due to a
lack of awareness amongst parents that they are able to apply for it.
The Commission announces 2 moves to help counter this low rate of take up. It has
move immediately and urged every local authority to use their benefits data
automatically to register eligible families for this additional support, before
the full Universal Credit service arrives. As a longer term measure, requested that the
Minister of State for Digital develop a new digital charter to counter child
poverty and equalise life chances. This would enable improved sharing of data
between providers and local authorities, once Universal Credit has been rolled
out, so that all eligible children automatically benefit from 'Early Years Pupil
Premium' and free school meals.
The Commission's Chair, Frank Field MP said:-
'We are clearly seeing
improvements in a child's development where the 'Early Years Pupil
funding has been claimed. The early years are a critical time during a child's
development and the funding provides opportunities that can be life changing.
Whilst the money isn't necessarily visible to parents, it does benefit their
child, so it's vitally important that parents of eligible children apply for
In the meantime, the Commission is urging parents to apply now so their children
can benefit from this additional support. To find out more about eligibility, or
to apply for funding, parents can contact their Nursery or Childminder in the
first instance. Further information about the 'Early Years Pupil
Premium' Fund is
available from local Family Information Services.
Cllr Andy Moorhead, Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region Health, Adult
and Children's Services added:- "Our priority is to ensure children across
the Liverpool City Region get the very best start in life and 'Early Years Pupil
Premium' funding can provide additional support and resources to accelerate a
child's development. I would urge any parent to speak to their childcare
provider to see if they are eligible and ensure the funding is claimed; if we
don't claim, someone else will!"
Gang member jailed after tobacco fraud smashed
A gang member, who rented properties just to use them as
delivery addresses for more than 14 tonnes of smuggled tobacco worth ₤3.1
million in evaded VAT and duty, has been jailed.
Emmanuel Cieply, 57, of no fixed abode, rented three properties in Bradford,
Leeds and Liverpool, where 1,041 packages containing the illegal tobacco products
were delivered between October 2014 and February 2016.
A HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation found the parcels, which came from
Germany, were often disguised as glass products and addressed to phoney
Cieply was arrested at a property on Longroyd Avenue, Leeds, after a damaged
parcel was found to contain 76 kilos of hand rolling tobacco, in December 2015.
Duty had not been paid on the Amber Leaf branded products, which were seized by
UK Borer Force.
HMRC Officers searched the property and found ₤70,810 cash in a duvet cover and
packaging identical to that seized by UK Border Force.
A total of 1,041 tobacco parcels, worth an estimated ₤3,184,003 in duty and VAT,
were addressed to the properties:-
► 260 parcels sent to Longroyd Avenue, Leeds.
► 123 parcels sent to Temple Street, Bradford.
► 658 parcels sent to Halsbury Road, Liverpool.
Investigations also found he was linked to parcels sent to addresses in
Sheerness, Paisley and another property in Leeds.
The duty evaded on all the parcels is estimated at ₤3,505,707.
Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:-
"Cieply played a significant role in this large scale smuggling operation
which brought tonnes of illicit tobacco into the UK. He thought his criminal
scheme would go unnoticed, but he was wrong and now he is paying the price.
Trade in illicit tobacco takes trade away from legitimate businesses. I
encourage anyone with information on this type of fraud to contact our Fraud
Hotline on:- 0800 788 887."
Cieply used fake documents and various aliases, including Emmanual Hync and
Marek Witkowski, to rent the 3 properties.
He admitted excise fraud, at Leeds Crown Court, on 9 August 2017 and was sentenced
to 38 months in prison, at the same Court, on 2 October 2017.
4 other suspects are currently being pursued by HMRC.