Learning to be leaders – Forest pupils sharpen skills ready to run festival


Young people in the Forest of Dean were given important lessons in leadership by Hartpury College’s Young Ambassadors last week.

Sixty Year Nine pupils from Dene Magna, Forest E-Act, Newent and Dean Academy schools will now use the leadership skills they honed on the day to plan and run a Multi Skills Festival for Key Stage One pupils for their local primary schools before Easter.

Hartpury’s 13 Young Ambassadors are all BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching first and second year students and are aged 16 to 18. They ran activities focused on communication, teamwork, confidence and general leadership skills at the first of two Leadership Academy Days. The next is at Hartpury College in June and will also involve primary school pupils.

Dan Robinson, Subject Leader for General Sport and Further Education Sports Coordinator at Hartpury College, said: “The emphasis on the day was on teaching the Year Nine pupils to become stronger and more confident leaders so that they can then take these skills back to their schools.

“This was a big challenge for our students as it involved them becoming ‘tutors’ for the day, rather than simply teaching or coaching, as they supported the young people to fulfil their own potential and maximise their own leadership skills.

“Our Young Ambassadors received a lot of training to help them prepare and they did a phenomenal job. The young people they worked with visibly grew in confidence throughout the day and I’m sure they will do a fantastic job of organising the Multi Skills Festival for primary school pupils in the area.”

Young Ambassadors is a programme run by the Youth Sport Trust. They are the most outstanding sports leaders in schools and colleges - selected due to their sporting talent and their exceptional commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers.
The programme seeks to develop young leaders and volunteers further by providing them with the responsibility of being an ambassador for PE and school sport. The Young Ambassador's role is to increase participation and healthy lifestyles, promote the positive values of sport in and through sport and be a role model in advocating PE and school and college sport.

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