This year’s School Sport Network Leadership Academy kicked Steph looking G newoff on the 28th November 2012, lead by out new Network Co-ordinators Matt Coldrey and Steph Sparks. We had over 50 applicants from 7 secondary schools in the Network, from which 30 pupils were chosen because of their experience, skills and enthusiasm. The members are required to attend 6 workshops developing their coaching and officiating skills, culminating in them planning and delivering an event.The first workshop required the young leaders to complete team-building exercises that focused on recognising and developing the qualities key to leadership.It was a highly successful day with the pupils thoroughly enjoying themselves.


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2011/2012 Leadership Academy


The Network's Leadership Academy is entering its third year with a new cohort ofPhoto0013 Year 9 students joining the Academy this year. The Leadership Academy brings together the most able and committed Young Leaders together to further develop their knowledge and understanding of sports leadership. To become an academy member students have to complete an application form, the best applications are then accepted into the academy. Members participate in 6 workshops, with each workshop developing a different area of leadership, such as officiating, coaching, orgainising and running events. Pictured right is Chris White, International Rugby referee working with the Year 9 Leadership Academy group in a officiating workshop. Year 10 pupils also follow a programme of National Governing Body sports specific leadership awards and are encouraged to volunteer at their school and local clubs to increase the hours leadership academy-weblogged on their Step into Sport passport.







Update: The 2012 Leadership Academy have  completed their series of workshops for the academic year. Students completed 5 workshops in total and each student was a real credit to their school.


Students completed a variety of workshops, detailed as follows:-

Leadership Academy Launch

The workshop was based around the key skills in leadership; communication, confidence and team work. It was a new experience, meeting lots of new people.... Students were placed into groups (with a mix of schools in each group) and had to complete all of the tasks set up around the Sporthall.

Coaching & Officiating Workshop

The Coaching workshop was based around developing key skills in coaching. Introducing the basic concepts and processes students then delivered Paralympic inspired games using Sportsability equipment to their peers.

Academy members then moved onto the Officiating Workshop delivered by International Rugby Referee Chris White and scholars from the University of Gloucestershire who are all officiating at a high level. The workshop was not sports specific and included generic skills needed to be an official in a practical and theoretical setting.

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Organising an Event

The next workshop was hosted by East Glos Tennis club and involved pupils gaining an understanding of how to organise an event. This is part of their role as academy members to organise and deliver events at their individual schools. The workshop had both theory and practical elements with students organising their own mini events for their peers. Pupils then organised the district Mini Red tennis tournament for Year 1&2 and Year 3&4 pupils.

Tri Golf Workshop

Academy members were due to deliver the Tewkesbury cluster Tri Golf festival for primary school children. Unfortunately due to the poor weather we had this summer the festival had to be cancelled.


Leadership Academy Celebration

The final workshop was an opportunity for students to reflect on what they have achieved during the year and where they can further develop their skills. The workshop was hosted by the University of Gloucestershire and staff at the University took members on a tour of the campus as this could be a potential step in their chosen career path. The Malawi Olympic team were using the campus as a base for training in the run up to the Olympics and the members were lucky enough to have a Q&A session with them Pupils were also treated to a taster session of Kin ball a new and upcoming sport as well as an Olympic inspired quiz. Finally pupils were presented with their certificates to recognise the hard work they have put in this year.

For the new academic year we will take on a new cohort of Year 9 Academy members. The current academy members will follow a series of National Governing Body Bolt on awards in order for them to continue with their development



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