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Time is running out for schoolchildren across Merseyside to win the chance to go on a voyage of a lifetime.

As part of an initiative run by the Wirral Safer Schools Partnership and The Tall Ships Youth Trust, two teenagers are being offered the chance to set sale on a tall ship.

Setting sale during October 2014 half term*, the young people will be part of a team of forty Year Nine pupils from across Merseyside who will board the Stavros S Nyarkos brig on a trip around the English coastline.

The closing date for submissions to be emailed to the police is Wednesday 30th April.

Constable Colin Garland, who is judging the competition, said: “The aim of this initiative is to develop self-reliance, team work and confidence.

“We have two places for two pupils, a boy and girl, and we are asking people to nominate their son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend or even themselves and tell us why they/you deserve one of the places on this year’s trip.

“This isn’t a relaxing holiday though and everyone on board will be expected to work. The young people work a series of watches during their voyage and learn other sailing skills in on-board lectures and practical activities.”

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am delighted to be able to offer one young person on Merseyside the chance to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

“Merseyside has a proud maritime history and this is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of life out on the seas. Alongside the physical challenge, this trip will give the winning teenager the chance to learn new skills, build their confidence and improve their ability to work as part of a team.”

The two additional spaces are being funded by the Office of Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner and The Tall Ships Youth Trust.

*26 October – 2 November 2014

Terms and conditions
• Entrants must be Year Nine pupils and reside in Merseyside.
• The competition is not open to employees of the Office of Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, Merseyside Police Officers, their immediate families or anyone else associated with the competition.
• Only one entry per person.
• Entries must be no longer than 400 words and should be sent to [email protected] Written entries can also be sent for the attention of Con Colin Garland, The Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, CH45 8PJ. Full contact information including full name, address, email address and contact number must be included.
• The winner will be chosen by Constable Colin Garland.
• The judges’ decision is final.
• The prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternatives will be offered.
• Merseyside Police reserves the right to substitute the prizes for other prizes for other prizes of equal or higher value at its discretion.
• Winning entrants to the competition agree to be photographed for publicity purposes.
• The winning entries will be publicised on the Merseyside Police website and local media.
• Photographs will be used in future Merseyside Police publicity material.
• Merseyside Police does not accept responsibility for late or lost entries.
• Closing date for all entries is Wednesday, 30 April 2014.
• After the closing date, Merseyside Police will choose one winner from the fully completed entries.
• The winner will be notified by email/phone/post.

Merseyside Police may use the information you supply for statistical purposes only, but you will not be able to be identified from this information. Merseyside Police will not pass on your details to any third party for any other use than that stated above without your permission

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