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Sports Leadership

​Most of our Primary Schools run the Bronze Sports Ambassadors programme in their schools therefore our new Year 7’s include students with experience of leading and motivating others. The Tutor Group Games Captains role gives them the chance to develop these skills further as they prepare teams for a Multisports event in their first half- term which involves every child participating in either Football, Netball, Endzone and Sitting Volleyball competitions. Athletes who took part in the Year 5/6 Indoor Athletics training and competition are invited to assist the new group of students as Coaches and Mentors under the guidance of former student and current Sports Studies student at Bournemouth University Kristen Nicholls. Kristen was supported for 4 years by the Dorset Coaching Academy: we currently have 5 students involved in this. In Year 9 all students are invited to apply for the Sports Leaders course – this year 51% of the year group chose to do so and completed a one day training course. They will then be allocated 2 activities in the Summer Term to practice their Leadership skills – these include Year 3/4 Tennis, Tri-Golf and Cricket events, Year 2/3 Multiskills, Year 1/2 Mini Olympics, Year 4/5 Swimming gala, and Year 3,4, 5 and 6 Athletics at Yeovil – a total of 13 Festivals in just one term! Some students choose to follow this up by becoming a Sports Ambassador in Year 10/11 – we have a team of 20 in each year group, and a few are chosen to attend the Dorset Leadership Academy training day to become Dorset Silver and Gold Ambassadors. The School Ambassadors and Academy leaders run additional activities for lower school students involving competitions in Capture the flag, Dodgeball and even Indoor Curling all aimed at increasing sporting opportunities for all. Some have also run the lunchtime Table Tennis Leagues introduced following a request from students of the School Sports Council. We also have the Play Unified Team, a group of 8 Year 10 students who have run a programme in both School and Community aimed at working with pupils and adults with physical or intellectual difficulties. They organised a day with local Paralympian and Team GB Goalkeeper Giles Moore who met a specially invited group of students and presented awards, plus they delivered a coaching session in Volleyball to members of Thorngrove Adult Learning centre, something that was recognized nationally at a Reception at the House of Lords.