WIRRAL schoolchildren are being given the opportunity to join a voyage of a lifetime.

As part of an initiative run by Wirral Safer Schools Partnership and The Tall Ships Youth Trust, two teenagers are being offered the chance to set sale on a tall ship.

Setting sale during October half term, October 26 - November 2, they will be part of a team of forty Year Nine pupils from across Merseyside who will board the Stavros S Nyarkos brig on a trip around the English Coast.

Constable Colin Garland, who is organising the trip, said: "The aim of this initiative is to develop self-reliance, team work and confidence.

"We have two places for two pupils, a boy and girl, and we are asking people to nominate their son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend or even themselves and tell us why they/you deserve one of the places on this year's trip.

"This isn't a relaxing holiday though and everyone on board will be expected to work.

"The young people work a series of watches during their voyage and learn other sailing skills in on-board lectures and practical activities."

Merseyside police commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "I am delighted to be able to offer one young person on Merseyside the chance to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

"Merseyside has a proud maritime history and this is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of life out on the seas.

"Alongside the physical challenge, this trip will give the winning teenager the chance to learn new skills, build their confidence and improve their ability to work as part of a team."

The two additional spaces are being funded by the Office of Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner and The Tall Ships Youth Trust.

Entrants must be Year Nine pupils. Entries must be no longer than 400 words and should be sent to Colin.Garland@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

Written entries can also be sent for the attention of Con Colin Garland, The Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, CH45 8PJ.

Closing date for all entries is Wednesday, April 30.