West Cumbrian pupils get the alcohol message
Last updated at 13:59, Friday, 25 October 2013
Super League rugby star Glenn Riley talked to pupils at a Workington school about the dangers of underage drinking this week.
Mr Riley, 21, who plays for Warrington Wolves, met youngsters from years nine, 10 and 11 of St Joseph’s School as part of an alcohol education roadshow on Wednesday.
He talked to pupils about how his decision not to binge drink as a teenager helped him become a Super League player.
Mr Riley, originally from Whitehaven, said: “Everyone seems to have enjoyed it and the whole thing has been a success. A lot of good messages have come out from today.”
Pupils also designed posters warning about underage drinking.
Winners were Lucy Fleming, 15, Owen Jackson, 14, and Megan Blacklock, 13, who all received an iPod Nano and their posters will go up in pubs and clubs across West Cumbria.
The runners-up received free admission to Workington Leisure Centre for six months.
The roadshow also involved police officers, and representatives from the Rising Sun Trust, Inspira, Trading Standards and the ambulance and fire service speaking and showing videos about the harm that alcohol can do.
Sergeant Richard Farnworth, of Cumbria police, said: “It’s been very good and there has been great participation from all the agencies. There have been lots of key messages about staying safe and the consequences and effects of alcohol. The only good childhood is an alcohol-free childhood.”
Tom Ryan, headteacher, said: “It’s been a great day. Today will have helped increase the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the dangers of alcohol.”
It is hoped that the roadshow will be held at other schools across West Cumbria.
First published at 13:58, Friday, 25 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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