Tuesday 10th November 2009 by C. Freeman
The Sixth Form sports leaders put youngsters from local primary schools through their paces at a recent event. About 65 students from Oakley Vale, Corby Old Village and Cottingham Primary Schools attended the session to enhance their basketball skills and take part in mini games. The sessions were arranged by sports teacher Mr Gillespie and staffed by the Year 12 Sports Leaders as part of their diploma studies.
They have been studying the course for just over a term and have already been learning essentials such as first aid, health and safety and child protection, as well as how to coach. This is the first time the Year 12s have taught younger students and they really enjoyed the experience.
Holly Davies said: 'We're going through different skills with them and then they are doing mini games, it's not competitive so we're not keeping score. They are well behaved and do what we tell them.' Sophie Dickinson added: 'The sports leaders course has been really good. During the first week we went to the swimming pool because there was a triathlon which we got to see with swimming and bike riding. We're going to do more events like this as well as qualifications for football and basketball just to give us more experience.'
Mr Gillespie said: 'This gave our Young Sports Leaders the chance to practise planning for and organising everything needed for a real event, putting the theory in to practise and seeing it in action. They also got the chance to officiate for the first time in a fairly friendly but competitive environment. The Sports Leaders took part in an evaluation session afterwards, where we discussed how it all went. They were really buzzing about coaching the children and providing them with such an enjoyable experience.'