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THE Stroke Association is offering one U16 school football team in the North East the chance to win a new FAST branded football kit.

The competition is designed to raise awareness of stroke as an emergency and educate under 16s about FAST (Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, and Time to call 999) – a simple test to help people recognise the signs of stroke and understand the importance of quick treatment.

A stroke is a type of brain injury and should always be treated as an emergency. It is the third largest cause of death in the UK and is most commonly caused when blood flowing to the brain is blocked.

Mike Scollins, Awareness Raising Co-ordinator for The Stroke Association, said: “This football kit competition is a fantastic way to generate awareness amongst young people who are potential ‘stroke savers’ of loved ones at risk of stroke.

“It also helps promote an active lifestyle and the need for regular physical activity to help reduce the chances of a stroke.

“Each year across the North East, an estimated 7,600 people will have a stroke.

“We are working closely with the North of England Cardiovascular Network to reinforce that if you suspect a stroke, act FAST and call 999 – quick action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a better recovery.”

Teachers, parents or pupils can enter by requesting an entry form from Mr Scollins by telephone on 01670 840408, e-mail mike.scollins@stroke.org.uk or visiting www.stroke.org.uk/footballkits

The competition closes on March 1, when all correct entries will be entered into a draw.

The winning school will be selected at random and notified by April 1.