School sports leaders help town's youth stay fit

School sports leaders help town's youth stay fit

22nd June 2015


YOUNG leaders have been praised for being good sports after helping a town stage a host of events for children.

Ten Year 9 students from St Aidan’s Academy, Darlington, have been working tirelessly with the school games organiser running an active programme of events for schoolchildren across the borough.

Working with school games organiser Aly Raw and Move More, the students have been at the heart of events for hundreds of children.

These included primary school athletics competitions, where they marshalled competitors, managed the podium and recorded times and distances.

They also helped with this year’s Go Run For Fun, which was recorded for Blue Peter, a cross-country event that attracted 400 participants, an orienteering event, rounders, tennis, golf and netball tournaments.

“They support us in every way they can,” said Miss Raw. “They take an active lead in running the activities and in the decision making.

“This helps them appreciate a host of wider benefits including leadership, communications, responsibility, motivating younger children and organisational skills.”

The volunteers also receive formal Level 1 and 2 Sports Leader UK Awards, the first step of their coaching pathway and a possible career.

Mrs Raw said: “It is increasingly difficult to secure help because students are so busy with their course work and exams, so I have nothing but praise for them as they make the time and are absolutely brilliant. Without them we could not stage many of the events.”

Amber Fisher, 14, said: “It has really helped me build my confidence and I enjoy working with the younger children. I’m now thinking of doing something like this as a career.”

Director of learning for PE Amanda Robson added: “We are delighted to support the School Games Programme with our young people and our sports facilities.

“The benefits to children of taking part in sports events are unparalleled and we can see our students grow in confidence and self-esteem as they help run an excellent programme.”

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