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Fire service teams gather for international sports event
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 31st August 2017 at 15:18

Fire service teams from across the world are heading to the north east this weekend for two days of sporting competition. Sport has long been seen as an integral and essential part of fire service culture for its value in promoting team work and physical conditioning, as well as the positive benefits to mental health. And from today, Thursday August 31st Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is welcoming teams from Europe and America for the 40th International Sporting Tournament, with competitors arriving from Boston and Denver in the USA, Dublin, Chrudim (Czech Republic), Gothenburg and a host of UK national fire services. This year those taking part will face each other across two days of competitive, yet friendly sporting rivalry over the following categories; boxing, cycling, clay pigeon shooting, golf, cross country running, football and swimming The event is being staged at the Royal Grammar School in Jesmond and includes a presentation ceremony at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Hotel. As usual each year's competition has a nominated charity that benefits and this year, in addition to the Firefighters Charity the tournament is supporting 'Daft as a Brush', a local cancer charity which provides transport for cancer patients to hospital. The Firefighters Charity supports the rehabilitation of serving and retired fire service members, this is particularly poignant after high profile fire service incidents across the country this year. Station Manager David LINSLEY said; “As part of the organising committee we are proud to host this year's 40th International Sporting Tournament. We are honoured to be working alongside the Royal Grammar School in Jesmond which will the base for a range of sports during the two days of competition. “We are looking forward to a great weekend of sport, camaraderie, competition and friendship.” He added the committee were grateful for the support and backing from the following companies: Cellular Solutions, Cheeky Trips, LMB Recruitment, Nissan, Drager, Impeller, A Douglas Construction, George Burrows, St James Place Wealth Management.
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