Tuesday 2nd December 2008 by C. Freeman
Primary school children from Oakley Vale and Our Lady's schools took part in an afternoon of sports organised by Brooke Weston Sixth Formers. The dozen Young Sports Leaders have been training for weeks so they can coach younger children in activities such as tag rugby, volleyball, indoor sports and athletics.
The Sports Leaders previously ran an inter-tutor competition between two Year 7 groups to prepare for the primary school visit where the Year 5 students competed in sprint relays, vertical jumps and speed bounces.
Mrs Diane Meehan from Our Lady's school said: 'It's the first time our students have been here and, from the looks on their faces, they're loving it and cheering each other on.' Teacher Mr Gillespie said: 'These activities with the younger students demonstrate how well the Sports Leaders can explain the tasks with simple vocabulary as well as demonstrations.'
The Sports Leaders course runs as part of the extended activities offered to Sixth Formers on Wednesday afternoons. Student Nicky Griffin said: 'This is a course where we are trained like 'mini' sports teachers for children under the age of 14 and our distinctive uniform means that even the smallest children can easily see who's in charge if we are organising or marshalling an event.'
Nick Warren added; 'Completion of this course will count towards UCAS points for university and it keeps us fit, gives us a bit of coaching experience and means we can help younger students, both from Brooke Weston and the local community.'