TIME is running out for Wirral schoolchildren hoping to win a place on the voyage of a lifetime.

As part of an initiative run by the 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 sail during the October half-term, they will be part of a team of 40 year nine pupils from across Merseyside who will board the TS Stavros S Niarchos on a trip around the English coastline.

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

The competition is open to year nine pupils, who should write in no more than 400 words why they should go on the voyage.

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

The closing date for submissions to be emailed to police is Wednesday, April 30.

Constable Colin Garland, who is judging the competition, 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."