25 People Take Part in Annandale and Eskdale Young Sports Leadership Academy

A three-day Young Sports Leadership Academy supported with funding by the Holywood Trust and Magnox Limited has been taking place in Annandale and Eskdale delivered by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Following an application process 25 young people from local secondary schools, Annan, Langholm, Lockerbie and Moffat were selected and brought together in Lockerbie Academy for three days of intensive training. The three days included a serious of workshops and courses which provide the young people with the necessary skills to deliver organised sporting sessions in their school and local community. Some of the courses the young people participated in during the three days included Sports Leaders, Positive Coaching Scotland, Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Working with Young People in Sport, Session Planning and Evaluation, Practical Delivery and Communication.

The course was aimed at enhancing the skills of young people’s to further increase levels of physical activity and support the development of young sports people in schools and communities across Annandale and Eskdale. The programme grouped together pupils from S4 – S6 to provide skills and training which would also support their progression in further education or employment in the field of sport and sports coaching.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, Chair of Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning said “This is a fantastic programme that meets many of our council’s priorities including the best start in life for our young people and improving the level of skills within our communities and workforce. Our Active School and Community Sport Team have delivered a range of training opportunities for these young people that not only demonstrate their commitment but can open doors to further education or employment.”
Councillor Ros Surtees, Vice-Chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee for Dumfries and Galloway Council added “the young people will gain immensely from this programme which will provide them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to organise and support the delivery of sport and physical activity programmes. Officers will continue to work with and mentor the young people to enhance their skills and confidence which will provide further opportunities for others to take part in sport and physical activity”
Helen Turner, Assistant Director with the Holywood Trust who was in Lockerbie to present the cheque for £2,330 said, ““The Trust is pleased to support this training programme and commitment from young people who have given up time in their holidays to develop their interest in sport and help out in sports clubs and local schools throughout the year to come.”

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