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Sports leaders of the future

Young Sports Leaders


YOUNGSTERS from local secondary schools had the chance to be involved in a two-day young sports leadership academy this August.

Following an application process, 30 young people from schools in Annan, Langholm, Lockerbie, and Moffat Academy were selected and brought together in Lockerbie Academy for the intensive training course.

Known as the Annandale and Eskdale Young Sports Leadership Academy course, it saw them engage in the Go Lead Sports Leadership Award covering communication, organisation, planning and evaluation, improvising, working with others, and inclusion.

The course was supported with funding by the Holywood Trust and Magnox Limited and delivered by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Active Schools and Community Sport Team.

A spokesperson for the team said: “The course is designed to develop the skills of young people to organise, support and deliver sporting sessions and, help increase levels of physical activity and support the development of young sports people in their local schools and community.

The programme, which has been run successfully for eight years, groups together pupils from S4-S6 to develop skills and training to help support their progression in further education or employment, particularly in the field of sport and sports coaching.”

During the course they explored the STEPS coaching principle of changing space, task, equipment, and players to help engage, challenge and motivate individuals taking part in sport.

The two days training looked at the principles around the safeguarding and protection of children, disability inclusion, forward planning, and included several practical delivery examples.

Discussions around the Saltire Awards, the Scottish government’s way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25, also took place.

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