Children from 22 primary schools in Chesterfield began their journey into Sports Leadership at our Bronze Young Ambassador Conference.
On Tuesday 21st November 2017, over 220 Year 5&6 children descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the all-day conference which is designed to prepare them for the Young Ambassador programme. The Young Ambassadors will now go back into their schools as advocates for school sport, healthy lifestyles and active travel.
Sarah Evans, Chesterfield School Sports Partnership, said “It was great to see so many young people taking on the role of Bronze Young Ambassador, to inspire other young people in their school to lead healthy active lifestyles. “
We were delighted to welcome back our inspirational speaker, 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 in team building games. After setting the scene and confirming their roles as a Bronze Young Ambassador, they split into their groups ready for their workshops.
Our Young Active Travel Ambassadors were focussed on finding ways of increasing the number of young people actively travelling to school and raising awareness of the benefits of active travel. They created posters and active travel maps for their schools with key challenges and solutions.
Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said “We have an opportunity to change the culture of young people and families, in how they travel to school. The impact will not only provide the physical start to the day we all need; it will also have a positive impact on the roads around our schools.”
The Young Media Ambassadors worked hard on learning how to take photographs and developing their interview techniques. As a Young Media Ambassador, their aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle through media, including interviews, news articles, press conferences and videos. A new feature of the day, was the ‘green screen’ workshop in the afternoon, delivered Mrs Lenthall from Brockwell Junior School.
Luke, from Old Hall Junior School, said; “I really enjoyed the Green Screen. Although we didn’t do very well on it, it was good to know how to do it because we have never done it before.”
The Young Health and Sports Ambassadors started their morning with the inclusion workshop, which focussed on using the STEP principle (Space, Task, Equipment, People) to deliver inclusive activities and competition in their school.
Poppy, a Young Ambassador at Mary Swanwick Primary School, said “I love how easy it is to make the same game work in loads of different ways. I would never have thought of that before.”
The afternoon looked at how the Young Health Ambassadors could help increase the number of inactive young people. They identified some key messages by working together to create eye-catching posters before exploring different ways to create fun and engaging activities.
The Young Sports Ambassadors spent their afternoon understanding how to deliver competitions and challenges in their school. These workshops included dodgeball, Sitting Volleyball, Sport Stacking and Athletics.
Mrs Ross, of Highfield Hall Primary School, said; “The kids have really enjoyed it today and they’re already busy planning the events they’re going to run.”
Mrs Bates, of Old Hall Junior School, said; “I thought having all the ambassadors together is a fab idea.”
The day was a resounding success and 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.
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