Students from Years 8 and 9 have volunteered as Young Sports Leaders to assist in sports sessions for primary students from across the area. They will run mini activities and keep scores during a series of sports ‘festivals’ that are planned for this academic year.
The sports leaders will be trained by PE teacher Miss Barber, who is School Sports Coordinator for six primary schools across Oundle, Thrapston and Corby. She will organise events, including a swimming gala, and the Brooke Weston students will marshal the competitors, supervise the events and record results.
More than 50 students applied to be Young Sports Leaders and 26 were selected. Miss Barber said: ‘The group of students will represent the school at these events. As School Sports Coordinator I have to run a series of events for six local primary schools and these students will help. I will allocate a couple of students to be in charge of one group. They will be responsible for taking the students around, making sure they are doing what they should be, leading the different activities or stations, then measuring and recording the results. It is basically being a mini PE teacher.’
The students will help out an an event off-site next week and the first they will facilitate at Brooke Weston will be sports hall athletics on 11 November. Miss Barber is also organising a swimming gala which may be attended by up to 20 primary schools: ‘I am trying to do two festivals per term for my family cluster. I am organising maybe six big ones for secondary and primary so there is a lot of opportunity for the Brooke Weston students to get involved. By becoming a Young Sports Leader they may be giving up their own time as some events will run after school until 6pm. I am overseeing the events but it will be good for them to develop leadership skills. Many of the applicants said they wanted to be a PE teacher, so it will give them a taster of what is involved in that.’