Sixteen of our students have been selected to be among the first young Sports Leaders across the Brooke Weston Trust. The initiative aims to bring students together to mentor others and lead sports events at the five Trust secondary schools. The first Trust Sports Leader training took place at Kettering Science Academy where delegates received a branded T-shirt.
Sports teacher Miss Barber said: ‘I selected our students, eight boys and girls from Year 9, based on previous leadership, attitude, behaviour in lessons and fixtures or if they generally demonstrate leadership qualities. They had training in four activities, including one led by Volleyball England where they looked at line judging and officiating at matches. The second activity, Project Ability, was based on the Sportshall athletics aimed at the less able bodies so they did things like chest pass, standing long jumps, speed bounce and the activities were adapted. There was also a football activity where they looked at refereeing and tag rugby training going over the rules.
'Each secondary academy was able to take along 16 of their own students from Years 7 to 10 and, in future, the Trust Sports Leaders will help to run fixtures and events such as the planned sports festivals that we have got this winter. It is about being a mentor for the younger students. It is beneficial for gifted sports-people from across the Trust because they get to see other schools and meet other students with the same interests and hobbies as them. They also work alongside those from different year groups so that can be quite daunting at first. It was a good day and the team work will only get stronger as we meet up and use the Trust Sports Leaders at all of our events. They each received branded T-shirts which marks them out as a team so it was really good to see students from across the Trust taking part and learning new leadership skills.’
Year 9 student Maddy Phillips said: 'It has been really fun day. I was really pleased and proud to have been selected for one of the leadership roles and it has been good to work with the other students from other schools. I am also looking forward to getting other students involved in sporting activities.'