Fitness fiesta for pupils
Hundreds of fantastically fit youngsters are whizzing over to St George's Hall for the city's 'Active Oscars'.
Young people from across Liverpool will arrive at the Hall tomorrow (Thursday, 26 November), for two awards ceremonies celebrating fitness, healthy eating and sport in the city.
In the afternoon, the Hall will host the Liverpool Healthy Schools celebrations. Supported by Liverpool Lifestyles and Liverpool Active City, the event will reward schools which are placing health and fitness at the heart of pupils' lives.
Seven Liverpool schools which have this year earned the government's National Healthy Schools status - awarded for excellence in physical activity, healthy eating and emotional health - will receive special awards.
There will also be presentations for young people who have completed Lifestyles Swimming programmes and who took part in the Sportslinx "Cook it challenge" during the year, which saw schoolchildren competing against each other to create the most delicious, healthy recipes.
Following the Healthy Schools event, the fitness fiesta continues, as some of the city's most talented sporting youngsters arriving at the Hall for the Liverpool School Sports awards.
Co-ordinated by the Liverpool Schools Sports Federation, the awards celebrate the sporting achievements of young people across the city. Medals will be presented to nearly 300 able-bodied and disabled young people who have represented their school or city in county, regional or national sports events.
Liverpool City Council Leader, Councillor Warren Bradley, said: "It's vitally important that our schools play a leading role in the health, fitness and well-being of young people. These awards are a fantastic way of recognising schools which are going the extra mile to tackle child obesity and build exercise into children's lives.
"The awards also give us the chance to congratulate the fantastic young sportsmen and women who have achieved success over the past year and helped the city build on its outstanding sporting reputation. They are a real credit to Liverpool, and a fantastic example to other young people in the city."