St Helens sports clubs kick touchline smoking into touch.

Sports clubs in St Helens are leading the way in the Smokefree Tounchline programme.

Football, rugby union and rugby league clubs around the borough have thrown their weight behind the programme to set a healthy example to fans, players and members as they aim to kick touchline smoking well and truly into touch.

The initiative, coordinated by St. Helens Council Sports Development Team and St. Helens Public Health, involves representatives from each club attending a smoking cessation workshop, delivered by the St Helens Smoking Cessation team to enable them to help supporters and members who may want to quit smoking.

Phase one of the programme started in January 2014 and now Newton Le Willows Sports Club, Parkdale Sidac, Blackbrook JRLFC, Carr Mill Bears, Newton Le Willows Football Club, Thatto Heath Crusaders, Rainford JFC and West Park RFC are now participating in phase two.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, councillor Andy Bowden and Assistant Director of Public Health Dr Dympna Edwards presented participating clubs with Smokefree signs that identifies them as a supporter of the campaign.

Councillor Bowden said:"This is a very significant step forward, with clubs reinforcing the message that smoking really has no place in an environment where fitness and health is so important."

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