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Flames Leaders: Rhiannon Turner, Sinead Kerr, Rory Stewart, Jacob McLaughlin, Oisin Quinn and Meabh McIlvenny - View Full Size Image
Flames Leaders: Rhiannon Turner, Sinead Kerr, Rory Stewart, Jacob McLaughlin, Oisin Quinn and Meabh McIlvenny
Students and Young Leaders from Loreto College, St Joseph’s College, Coleraine College and North Coast Integrated College - View Full Size Image
Students and Young Leaders from Loreto College, St Joseph’s College, Coleraine College and North Coast Integrated College
24/12/2014 FLAMES FESTIVAL FOR LORETO COLLEGE SPORTS STUDENTS

A group of students from Loreto College took part in the Flames: Lighting the Way programme this year, culminating in a Flames Sports Festival held at Coleraine Leisure Centre on 17th December.

In May 2014, the members of the Loreto PE Department took part in Flames Training, led by Loughborough University and the British Heart Foundation and hosted in the Loreto Sports Hall. Part of the Coleraine Heart Town initiative, this training involved PE teachers from several local schools and was backed by Coleraine Borough Council.

Flames: Lighting the way is a physical activity and health programme which aims to inspire, motivate and enthuse children and young people to be more active. The focal point of the programme is on the coaching of young leaders to deliver a programme of physical activity to primary aged children. Training, tools and resources are provided which can be embedded into a young leader's learning to help them gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver health related activities. Young leaders from Loreto College, St Joseph’s College, North Coast Integrated College and Coleraine College took part in the programme. A total of sixteen Flames leaders trained in Loreto, and took Year 8 and Year 9 students for Physical activity sessions during their PE time, working with younger pupils in activities and sessions designed to teach them about keeping their heart healthy.

Six sixth form students: Sinead Kerr,  Meabh McIlvenny, Jacob McLaughlin, Oisin Quinn, Rory Stewart and Rhiannon Turner, helped to organise and run a half-day sports festival for Junior students from each of the participating schools.   Jacob McLaughlin and Rory Stewart co-ordinated the event, planning it and working with the Active Community coaches, Jonny and Gary.  The event was funded by the British Heart Foundation, Northern Health Trust, Coleraine Borough Council and Loughborough University.  Fifteen Junior pupils from each school took partand the Olympic torch from London 1948 was present. All participants went home with a goodie bag containing information booklets to share with the family, a water bottle and pedometer to encourage them to be active. The Olympic Oath was read by a BHF Volunteer who also spoke about surviving a Heart attack and how important physical activity and healthy eating were to reduce the risk of the children and their families having heart disease

The Flames programme is based around the Paralympic values of Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of Physical Education at Loreto College, paid tribute to the spirit and enthusiasm of the Year 14 Flames Leaders, and to the participation of the Year 9 students who attended and greatly enjoyed the event. Mrs McCullough commented that the leaders had developed as young people, using their communication, organisation and coaching skills to inspire their charges in being moderately active for at least 60 minutes every day.