Pupils to shoot anti-drink video

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ENTERPRISING students are to make a hard-hitting video warning of the dangers of under-age drinking.

Fourteen-year-olds Jake Wardle and David Sanderson, of Bede Academy, Blyth, were awarded £500 for a social enterprise project after successfully pitching the idea as part of a regional competition.

They entered the Spark in the Park contest, which was being run by the organisation Unlimited in partnership with Sport Relief.

The academy already works with the Newcastle United Foundation delivering COPE – the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness – which suggested the students enter the competition.

The duo decided to make a film about under-age drinking after witnessing the practice in Blyth.

Jake said: “Drinking isn’t a very good thing for young people.

“You can end up falling out with your friends and family.”

David added: “There are all sorts of health issues too, and it can result in needing medical treatment in hospital, which is an unnecessary expense to the community.”

Susannah Orr, a teacher of individualised learning at Bede Academy, which has enterprise specialism status, said: “The students did extremely well pitching their idea and securing the funding.

“It is going to be hard work shooting and editing the film but it will be a fantastic experience for them.”