Almost 200 children from across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire began their journey into Sports Leadership at our Bronze Young Ambassador Conference today.
The Year 5 & 6 students descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the all-day conference which is designed to prepare them for the leadership programmes ahead.
Coming from 20 schools in Chesterfield and 21 in North East Derbyshire, the children have taken the first step into sports leadership by forming School Sport Organising Crews within their school group. The Crews will now go back to their schools and plan an intra-school competition and club that can maximise engagement and inspire the whole school to get involved.
Liam, of Walton Holymoorside Primary, said: “It was amazingly well organised! I enjoyed all of the sports and there was a wide variety.”
This involves meeting with the Headteacher to discuss potential ideas that can be delivered, deciding on a sport or multiple sports, then running an intra-school competition as well as an extra-curricular club. The Crews will need to demonstrate how they have been inclusive in organising the events and maximised the potential number of participants.
They will also need to publicise, promote and celebrate their success. This will involve writing reports and taking photographs that can be used on the school website as well as notice boards.
The day began with an inspiring opening speech from current Gold and Platinum Young Ambassadors as well as former Team GB Volleyball captain, Ben Pipes. Back in a venue in which he used to train, Pipes used his personal experiences to motivate the children and get them enthused about the day of games and leadership activities.
Once everyone was geared up for the day ahead, the crews took part in three role-playing activities, designed to give them ideas of sports clubs they can run in their schools.
Prior to today’s conference the Crews decided on individual roles, which include: a Head Mini Leader, a Spirit of the Games Head Mini Leader, a Media Leader and a Photography Leader.
Each Crew member then went on a tailor-made workshop to equip them with the skills needed to fulfill their role. Spirit of the Games Leaders learned about inclusive events such as Boccia and New Age Kurling, whilst the Head Mini Leaders discovered more sports and activities.
Olivia, of Highfield Hall, said: “I thought Boccia was a very inclusive game and I thought the Young Ambassador running it did a great job.”
The Media and Photography Leaders teamed up to stage a mock press conference with Pipes, asking open questions and taking interesting and useful photos.
Rounding off a fun-packed day the students jotted down notes and next steps as the planning process begins.
Mr Marriott, of Brockwell Junior School, said: “The kids have really enjoyed it today and they’re already busy planning the events they’re going to run.”
Before the buses arrived to take everyone home, there was one last surprise in store for the kids. They each ran half a lap of the indoor running track at the EIS, the training hub for Olympic and World Gold Medalist, Jessica Ennis-Hill as well as Olympic Champion and now professional Heavyweight Boxer, Anthony Joshua. Both of these inspiring role models were training today and it was a great opportunity for the young leaders to see the hard work and dedication that goes into becoming a top athlete.
McKenzie, of Spire Junior, said: “I’ve really enjoyed it, it was great fun and I’m a big fan of Anthony Joshua!”
Millie, from Dunston Primary, said: “I learned a lot and enjoyed it, it was amazing fun and exciting.”
As with every Bronze Young Ambassador Conference, it was great to see the young leaders fully embrace the day and leave motivated to lead their own sports clubs and competitions. They could not have done this without the help of their teachers, those running the workshops and the current Gold and Platinum Young Ambassadors who did a fantastic job.