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Posted: Fri 12 Jul 2013
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Bloomfield Road Plays Host To Attendance Parties

Bloomfield Road has played host to four attendance parties over the past seven days, with more than 850 children rewarded for their dedication at school. 

Blackpool players were on hand each night to present certificates, pose for photographs and sign autographs. Special prize draws also took place to win a signed shirt and ball. 

Four youngsters in particular - Luke Skelton, Sam Hearsum, Seamus Ward and Ruby Travis - made it in to school every day of every year in their Primary School lives.

Cllr Sarah Riding, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It goes without saying that when children go to school regularly they have a better chance of getting good grades and successful careers.

“That begins from the earliest stage of their development at primary school, right through to leaving school at 16. Good attendance is absolutely crucial.

"Getting a child to school every day and on time is one of the best starts in life that any parent can give to their child. All the children attending the event have worked very hard throughout the year and they all deserve to celebrate their efforts."

The Football Club supplies the venue, food and entertainment free of charge and has supported the initiative for a number of years now. 

“Our sincere thanks go out to Blackpool Football Club. We’re really grateful that they believe in our agenda to get and keep children in school and are supporting our work in that field," Cllr Sarah Riding continued.

“As well as supporting the Council with the 100 per cent parties, the youth work that the Community Trust and the Kickz programmes provide is a vital service to many of our young people, keeping them physically active in organised fun. I know a lot of children are kept safe and healthy thanks to the work that they carry out.”

Blackpool FC Chairman Karl Oyston added: "We are delighted to have been supporting this initiative for several years and see it grow and inspire. The improvements in attendance are testament to all involved, from the council, schools, teachers, parents and most importantly the children. 
 
"The club will continue to work hard with the council and NHS to improve the health and wellbeing of all in the town."