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Date:- 08 July 2007

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Letter to the Editor:- "Sky Living For Sport Awards 2007"

"I'm writing to inform to ask your readers about the Sky Living For Sport Awards 2007, which recognise the success of pupils and schools who are taking part in 'Sky Living For Sport' - a UK-wide initiative for secondary schools organised in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust to inspire and motivate young people through sport.

This national awards scheme is designed to acknowledge the innovative work that schools are delivering as part of Sky Living For Sport, and the difference this makes to the young people involved. We are asking schools to nominate their project or individuals who have made exceptional progress in the initiative.

Over £30,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up in 6 different categories. Prizes will include cash, PGL activity trips, IT equipment and sports retail store vouchers. The Sky Living For Sport awards will be presented by a top sports personality at a prestigious ceremony in London in October 2007.

Over 500 schools UK-wide and over 14,000 young people have taken part in Sky Living For Sport, now in its fourth year of helping young people to raise their self confidence and to reach their full potential in school.

Application forms can be downloaded from youthsporttrust.org or by calling 01509 226600 and the closing date for nominations is Monday 30 July 2007."
 Sue Campbell...
(Registered Charity 1086915)

Labour Euro MP backs O2 Apprentices scheme

LOCAL Labour Euro MP, Arlene McCarthy is adding her voice of support to the O2 Apprentice Scheme at an event in Brussels. A group of North West teenagers will be attending the event to tell MEPs how an the O2 apprenticeship programme has changed their lives.

Local MEP Arlene said:- “To be a successful and thriving region we must offer to our young people a variety of post-16 opportunities to appeal to their wide ranging needs and desires.  Proper professional training and apprenticeships have to be a part of our wider strategy to ensure that every young person reaches their full potential.  I am looking forward to meeting with this first group of O2 apprentices and hearing at first hand how the scheme has helped them.”

The apprentices say the scheme has opened their eyes to potential they didn'tt know they had. John Ainsworth, 19, of Warrington, had been working as a dental assistant for 2 years when he switched to become an 02 apprentice.

John said:- “I felt that I was in a bit of dead end. I couldn'tt progress in that job any further without taking seven years out to qualify as a dentist. This apprenticeship has opened up so many opportunities for us with a chance of more training and new career challenges within 02.”

Rachel McGrogan, 19, of Frodsham, was working in a bar restaurant and had just finished A-level law studies when she joined O2. She says she is impressed with the training programme and looking forward to a career with the company.  Rachel said:- “I have really enjoyed working and gaining a qualification at the same time. Also it is really good to be in a group aged 16 - 20.

It is a great opportunity and has opened so many “windows” for me to the different careers within O2. I feel I have grown as a person.”

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