PICTURES: Youngsters learn key lessons for life at 20th annual Sudbury Crucial Crew
Scenarios designed to teach youngsters about dealing with bullies, fire safety, first aid, the internet and other situations were brought to life in Sudbury this week, as the Crucial Crew returned for the 20th year in a row.
Approximately 750 children aged nine to 10, representing 28 different local schools, have been welcomed to the AFC Sudbury ground over the course of this week, for a series of ten 15-minute interactive exercises on how to stay safe in various circumstances.
The event is organised and funded by the Rotary Club of Sudbury, with support from Sudbury Town Council, Suffolk Police, the community wardens and various other local authorities, while drama students from Thomas Gainsborough School helped to act out role-play scenarios.
Gill Norton, Crucial Crew co-ordinator for Sudbury, told the Free Press: “At the end of this week, about 13,000 will have gone through Sudbury Crucial Crew, which is quite amazing.
“Because it’s a safe environment, they respond very well to the different scenarios.
“We have had absolutely amazing feedback. We get hundreds of letters of thanks, and we had a teacher come through this week who came to Crucial Crew 14 years ago.
“Each year, we are always modifying the activities, to keep it up to date.”