A quartet of aspiring sports leaders from Carter Community School have been selected to become Gold and Silver ambassadors following the Dorset Leadership Academy event held last week at Bryanston School, Blandford Forum.
Comprising four workshops delivered by Weymouth College, Brockenhurst Collage and Dorset School Games Organisers, the event saw over 160 Year 7 and 8 students from schools across the region developing their sports leadership skills, with the aim of helping support and inspire other students back in their own schools.
During the event, Ben Gregory and Bailie Jackson-Jellet were selected to make their final step up to Gold Ambassadors, having successfully completed the following four workshops - Inclusive Sport run by Rob Belbin, Chair of Federation of Disability Sport UK and Val Ford; An introduction to Coaching from Craig Fidges, Water Polo Captain for Team GB; Event Management run by BU Relays; Young Ambassador Active 30:30, led by School Games Organiser Sarah Dunsford. Both Ben and Baillie will be also transitioning into their role as Coaches in the future.
Carter’s Jenifer White and Amelia Percival were also made Silver Ambassadors, completing workshops in Team Building and Communication, Goal Setting and Motivation, Young Ambassador - Active 30:30 and Classroom Sessions.
Year 7 dance leaders Boyd Shakespeare, Omar Samar and Eva Wilcox took part in the event’s closing ceremony alongside students from 30 other schools and are now practising their moves, in preparation for the opening ceremony of the Dorset Level 3 School Games Finals, to be held on 14th March at LeAF Academy.
The event also saw Carter’s Emily Simes and Eloise Weedon, both Year 9 Gold Ambassadors, receive media training from local company Kids, Camera, Action and Sky Sports Media Journalist and GB Paralympian Kate Grey, before reporting on the actual event.
Explained Sam Cox, Poole School Games Organiser and PE teacher at Carter Community School (which is a member of the Dorset SGO Group):
“These workshops have equipped our Ambassadors with some real skills, helping them as role model leaders, as well as supporting the Sports Council back at School.”
Staying with sport, five of Carter’s Year 10 BTEC sports scientists, attended the Dorset Young Coach Academy, also held at Bryanston. The event was the first of three to be held this year, with the aim of providing the young coaches with the opportunity to gain greater insight into the requirements of being an ‘outstanding’ coach in a sport of their choice.
Those students taking part – Kyle Whiffen, Harvey Rowan, Jess Wood, Caitlin Saxby and Ria Hall – will be putting their skills to good use back at Carter Community School, as well as seeking coaching opportunities in school sport clubs and community clubs.