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Sefton’s Lioness Alex is a perfect role model for borough’s budding sport stars

England star and Sefton’s very own Alex Greenwood should serve as an inspiration to budding footballers in the borough, says the council’s Active Sefton team.

Alex, who has passionately represented her hometown of Bootle in the world of women’s football from an early age, was one of the valiant Lionesses who bowed out of the 2019 Women’s World Cup last night (July 2) after a heroic run all the way to the semi-finals.

Although England Women lost out 2-1 on the night to the USA, Greenwood and her teammates have won the hearts of the nation and firmly put the spotlight on women’s football.

However Alex’s sporting heroics will come as no surprise to her family, friends and young sporting stars back home in Sefton. 

Liverpool Ladies Alex Greenwood attends the Sefton Sports Awards 2016 at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre,

Having proudly presented Active Sefton’s annual Sports Awards previously, Alex has continued to inspire and motivate the next generation of women footballers and other sporty youngsters in the borough.

Her impact will be felt strongest at her former schools. As an ex pupil of both St Monica’s Primary School and Savio Salesian High School, Alex has often cited motivation throughout her school years in the borough as a catalyst for her later career.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Alex’s success comes as no surprise to us all at Sefton.

“Many will recognise her from training at our Litherland Sports Park, while others will vividly remember her motivational speech at the 2016 Sefton Sports Awards.

“I would implore all our young sporting stars to take a look at Alex’s hard work and dedication to getting where she is today as one of the world’s best female footballers and her progress is a testament to the excellent school and sports facilities we have within Sefton.

“On behalf of us all at Sefton I would like to place on record a massive congratulations to Alex and her fellow Lionesses for their incredible World Cup run.”

For more information about Active Sefton please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/activesefton.

Join our planning workshop for Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 programme

 Sefton is excited to be Borough of Culture in 2020 and wants to hear from people to help shape the year ahead.

 We are inviting people to come along and give us their ideas at an interactive workshop for the planning of Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 programme.

 Being Borough of Culture 2020 is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Sefton’s already distinct cultural offer, whilst supporting and promoting new events planned by partners and communities.

 We pride ourselves on being a borough for everyone and we need the help of our thriving communities, voluntary and faith sector, to ensure our programme is inclusive to all.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing and sponsor for Borough of Culture 2020 said: “Listening to new ideas from our communities is important to us and so we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along to these workshops.

“We are a borough of storytellers, and we want to focus on your stories and share them during Borough of Culture.”

The workshop is being held on July 18, from 2–4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, L22 1RR.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to events@seftoncvs.org.uk by July 5.

Sefton’s sporting stars shine at annual awards gala

Sefton has once again honoured the borough’s sporting heroes at a glittering ceremony in Southport.

Sporting stars and unsung heroes were hailed at the 2019 Sefton Sports Awards, which took place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre last week (Wednesday, June 26).

Organised by Active Sefton, the awards celebrate a host of volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals from across the borough who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport.

Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to 51 shortlisted hopefuls all looking to walk away with one of the coveted trophies.

Special guest speaker and former marine, Andy Grant, was on hand to leave not a dry eye in the house with his speech documenting how he fought back from adversity and became the worlds fastest single leg amputee.

Joining Andy was our host Leanne Campbell from Radio City who was on hand to announce all the winners and highly commended sporting stars, many of whom dedicate much of their life to sport with little thanks or recognition.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It is down to these people, clubs, teams and schools that grassroots sport has a place in Sefton and our young people are inspired and supported when following their sporting ambitions.

“Congratulations to all of our worthy winners and thank you for your commitment to sport in Sefton!”

This year’s Workplace of the Year winner, EMR Recycling, were highlighted for their ongoing work to support and assist Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club.

Scott Bamborough, EMR Metal Recycling Area Manager, said: “It was a huge pleasure to accept the award on behalf of the partnership with EMR and Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC.

“It is a sincere honour to support ‘The Bucks’ with their huge success in giving every child the opportunity to play football. It is much more than a football club – it’s a community and support network for kids, parents and carers. It is an extended family to all involved.

“All of us at EMR are honoured to have been given the opportunity to be part of this family.”

For more information about the Active Sefton Sports Awards, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/activesefton

Police reveal £4.2m plan to target serious violence and put criminals behind bars

A major policing operation which aims to tackle serious and violent crime and put the people responsible for committing it behind bars will be launched across Merseyside today, Monday 1st July.

In May it was announced that Merseyside Police would receive £4.2m from the Home Office’s £100m Serious Violence Fund to tackle issues including knife and gun crime.

The money is being used to fund Operation Target – a forcewide operation which will bring in extra dedicated staff, additional resources and equipment and targeted intelligence in a bid to tackle serious violence head-on.

As well as gun and knife crime the operation will also focus on serious assaults, armed robberies and murder investigations and will look at wider issues such as violence in night time economy areas, County Lines and drugs use.

The new operation will see more high visibility police officers on the streets and the purchase of additional equipment such as hand held metal detectors and metal detecting gloves for frontline officers.

There will be increased disruption activity including stop searches; roadside checks; open land searches and test purchasing.

Work will also be done to develop further intelligence around types of crimes and key areas and tactics in order to directly target those involved in serious violence and we will be working in close partnership with local authorities, the Youth Offending Service and health and social care professionals to share information and good practice.

Early intervention work will also continue in schools and youth groups and communities.

Chief Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We know what concerns the people of Merseyside and although resources have been put into tackling these issues in the past this additional funding from the Home Office means our response will now be even bigger and better.

“We know issues such as knife and gun crime really impact on our communities and we are committed to tackling these issues head on and really making a difference.

“We now have the funding to put more officers in the places that we need them most – either high visibility patrols in our communities or in our city and town centres at night and peak times.

“It also means that we can develop our intelligence around offenders, pay for additional equipment to assist operations and investigations, engage with our local schools and communities and work with our partners to adopt a co-ordinated approach to tackling serious violence.

“This will be a one team approach with officers and staff from across the Force including roads policing, armed response, investigations, dogs and mounted and neighbourhood officers as well as call handlers, intelligence staff, forensics officers and support staff involved in making Operation Target a success.

“Some of this work will take place behind the scenes but I hope that the public will recognise our continued commitment to making Merseyside an even safer place to live, work and visit.
“I also hope that it will give confidence to people and reassure them that we will continue to take positive action to protect all victims of serious crime and bring criminals to justice.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Tackling serious and organised crime has always been a priority, but by securing this additional ‘surge’ funding from the Home Office, Merseyside Police can now allocate more resources to tackling the issues that matter most to our communities and carry the greatest risk to people living in Merseyside.

“This money will be concentrated on preventing crime, particularly that which has the capacity to cause most harm. It will also enable the Force to invest more in the really important proactive and prevention work used to put the criminals on the back foot that has suffered from years of budget cuts.

“I hope this increase in high visibility police patrols and operations focussing on reducing and reacting to street violence will provide reassurance to the public, prevent more young people from becoming involved in a life of crime and make a genuine difference in the lives of people in some of our most troubled areas, making Merseyside a safer place for everyone.”

Combined Authority Sets Ambitious Targets to Tackle Climate Emergency

Having declared a Climate Emergency, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority today set out ambitious targets for tackling climate change and will develop a full Climate Action Plan by December 2019.

Amongst the first targets for the Liverpool City Region are plans:
• To deliver Europe’s largest tidal power project by 2030
• To triple the volume of energy generated by offshore wind in Liverpool Bay by 2032
• To replace all methane with hydrogen from the city region’s gas grid by 2035
• To deliver a network of at least eight zero-carbon refuelling stations (hydrogen and electric charging) across the city region by 2025
• To meet the city region’s hydrogen demand from transport, industry and heat from clean hydrogen produced within the city region from 2023

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“We declared a Climate Emergency because we recognise the need for urgent action to tackle the severe consequences of climate change.

“As a city region we were the first in the country to adopt a target to be Zero Carbon by 2040, ten years earlier than the national target; we have launched a £10m Green Investment Fund; we are pioneering the use of hydrogen for transport; and we already have one of the biggest wind farm clusters in Europe in Liverpool Bay.

“But what makes us unique is our Mersey Tidal Power project, which has the potential to be truly transformative, generating enough power for up to a million homes and creating thousands of local jobs.

And devolution means that we can make sure that local people develop the skills they need to flourish in this growing industry.

“Climate change is the biggest threat we face globally and we will do everything in our power to make a difference at a local level.”

The Combined Authority is already tackling climate change in a variety of ways, including:
• A zero carbon target of 2040
• The Mersey Tidal Commission
• A £10m Green Investment Fund
• £460m investment in new, state-of-the-art trains for Merseyrail network – improving and futureproofing green public transport
• The cleanest bus fleet outside of London – with 7 out of 10 vehicles already low emission and 25 zero emission hydrogen buses arriving next year
• Establishment of a Clean Air Taskforce
• A “Brownfield First” approach to development
• Investment into the first phase of a £16 million 600km cycling and walking network.

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