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Ben Lake MP champions the importance of PE and school sport

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BEN LAKE MP visited Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt yesterday to celebrate the importance of PE and school sport to young people’s wellbeing.

The school is one of thousands across the UK taking part in YST National School Sport Week 2019, which runs from 24 to 28 June.

The annual celebration is co-ordinated by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to highlight the important role of Physical Education and school sport in education.

It comes at a time when national research shows that fewer than one in five young people are active for 60 minutes every day and thousands of hours of PE have been lost since 2012.

For this year’s YST National School Sport Week, schools are showcasing how PE and school sport are improving young people’s wellbeing. The week is being themed around the Five Ways to Wellbeing which states that the five keys to good mental health and wellbeing are being active, connecting, giving back, taking notice and learning.

Ben Lake MP said: “It has been fantastic to visit Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt this National School Sport Week and see first-hand what a crucial role Physical Education and school sport are playing for pupils in the school.

“Taking part in school sport and a good quality physical education not only gives young people the best chance of leading healthy, active lifestyles, but can also bring huge benefits in improving wellbeing, concentration and developing character and life skills.

“It is so important that every young person gets these opportunities, which is why I’m delighted to be supporting the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week.”

Nia Lloyd-Thomas, Headteacher at Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt said: “At Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt we believe it is very important that every pupil has the opportunity to lead active, healthy lifestyles. We’re delighted that Ben Lake MP visited today to see first-hand the great work we are doing to promote PE and school sport across the school”

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: “A good quality Physical Education and school sport equip young people to tackle some of the big challenges they face today – improving their wellbeing, getting them ready to learn and helping them to connect. But in recent years young people have become less active and PE has been undervalued and cut back

“We will only turn this around with schools, teachers, parents and other joining together to show why PE and school sport have an essential role to play in every young person’s education which should be considered on a par with maths and English.

“We’re thrilled that Ben Lake MP and Ysgol Bro Sion Cwilt are supporting this work by taking part in this year’s YST National School Sport Week.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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