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Flames Leaders join other Sports Leaders and Y7 pupils from Primary Schools at the Flames Festival at Coleraine Leisure Centre - View Full Size Image
Flames Leaders join other Sports Leaders and Y7 pupils from Primary Schools at the Flames Festival at Coleraine Leisure Centre
04/03/2016 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 4th March. 

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. Loreto College’s Sports Captains and AS Level PE students undertook Flames Leadership training, and took Year 7 pupils from St John’s Primary School Coleraine for Physical activity sessions, working with younger pupils in activities and sessions designed to teach them about keeping their heart healthy.  The Flames Festival was an opportunity for all the Primary and Sixth Form students involved in the programme to celebrate their achievements.

Loreto College’s Sports Captains, Shannon McWilliams and Thomas Magee, along with their Deputies, Caite Skelly and James Gillen, took an active part in the programme.  Also involved were AS Level Physical Education students Alex Christie, Conor Gillen, Oran Hartin, Daire McKenna and Bronagh McNicholl.

The event was funded by the British Heart Foundation, Northern Health Trust, Causeway Coast and Glens Council and Loughborough University.  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 the importance of physical activity and healthy eating in reducing the risk of 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 13 and Year 14 Flames Leaders, and to the participation of the St John’s PS pupils, 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.