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Young Leaders/Sports Leaders Blaenau Gwent Programme


What is the Young Leader Programme about?

Developing leadership skills
Making activity sessions inclusive
Plan, lead and evaluate a sport/activity session
Organise and deliver a sports event or competition
Using leadership skills
Pathways in sport and recreation
Lead activities that promote a healthy lifestyle
Positive role models in sport and the community

Just a short update on the achievements of one of Brynmawr Foundation school’s past pupils, I mentioned in previous e-mails Luke Rees (Blaenau Gwent Gold Ambassador) had represented Wales as an Ambassador at the National Schools games in Sheffield in September this year if you follow the link below you will find a complete report from Luke about his experience at the games, Luke’s report has been put on the Sport Wales web site .....

http://www.sportwales.org.uk/community-sport/education/young-ambassadors/latest-newsletter-english/local-spotlight-blaenau-gwent.aspx

It is not only Luke that is carrying the good name of Brynmawr Foundation school forward...Chloe Williams (Gold Ambassador Blaenau Gwent) will be attending the Annual Young Ambassadors Conference to be held at the new Cardiff City Football Club stadium this Wednesday, Chloe along with Luke Rees and one other Gold Ambassador from Ebbw Vale will meet the ..
Welsh Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths AM, who will be giving the keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony.
 Team Wales athlete Christian Malcolm will be joining the conference, to further inspire the YAs, and give them an insight into being part of the Commonwealth Games as an athlete, as well as the pride he feels competing for his home nation.
 There will also be Team GB Bronze medal winning Hockey player, Alex Danson at the conference, with London 2012 competitor, Judo Player Sophie Cox. They will both be part of a workshop on the day with some of our Young Ambassadors on the Steering Group, which will look at the skills and qualities of an ambassador.
For further details of the Ambassadors programme please follow the link below....
http://createsend.com/t/y-C22C9F41C2617261
I have 19 sports leaders on this scheme this year and have high hopes that some of the pupils on the programme will follow in the footsteps of Kristie, Chloe and Luke.

Many thanks to you all for your continued support with the sport leaders scheme at the school.

 


Mark Howell

Young Persons Sports Development Officer
(Brynmawr, Blaina and Nantyglo Area)
Ebbw Vale Sports Centre, Lime Avenue, Ebbw Vale, Gwent. NP23 6GL
Mobile 07801926800
E-Mail Mark.Howells@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
   

 

What have the Blaenau Gwent Young Leaders been doing?
The Young Leaders in Blaenau Gwent have been delivering community team projects and individual challenges that have been inspired by the Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
Through their growing volunteering experience they have developed a range of skills including leadership and teamwork. And by recruiting additional volunteers and engaging members of their communities in their activities, they have expanded the reach of the programme.
This year has seen the young leaders working voluntarily in primary schools, Streetgames Venues, Dragon Sport Festivals, Youth Clubs, Various Blaenau Gwent Accredited Sports Clubs, Travellers Youth Club, Community First Projects, Dance Schools and Fundamentals Projects and even giving up their weekends to work with the inspire team on community lead fun days

Young Leader Conference

The Young Leader Conference has been running annually since 2008. Each year has built upon the success of the previous. This year was the first year that we have passed over the reigns to the Young Ambassadors and enabled them to organise and deliver the conference themselves. It was held at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Tuesday 10th April and attended by 38 Young Leaders and Ambassadors. Workshops included; StreetGames, Fundamentals, Disability Awareness and Freerunning. In addition to the workshops highlights of the day included young leaders having the opportunity to play table tennis against CommonWealth Games Athlete Charlotte Carey herself a Gold Ambassador for Blaenau Gwent, also an inspiring story on volunteering in sport from Blaenau Gwent’s Youth Mayor, Samantha Woodward.
The conference is designed to show how the young leaders use the skills they have acquired and have become role model’s for the youngsters in Blaenau Gwent. VIP’s present at this years conference were….

Lyn Phillips       Director of Leisure and Education
Jason Owens     Executive Member Blaenau Gwent
Cath Hares        Head of Sports Development (Inspire)
Rob Guy           Sportleaders UK, Senior Manager
Richard Dando  Senior Manager Sport Wales

This year it was decided there would be 11 silver Ambassadors chosen from year 10 sports leaders all would have chance to progress to gold and possibly platinum awards depending on their development and commitment during  year 11 and 12.   For the first time in Blaenau Gwent the Platinum Ambassador award was given to Bethan Williams (year 11 Tredegar Comprehensive School) for her exemplary leadership skills shown and displayed during the last 2 years. 

It was with great pleasure that out of 11 Ambassadors the award of silver Ambassador status was presented to 3 Brynmawr pupils, the 3 pupils were..

Kriste Jones
Luke Rees
James Selway

Each of the above pupils showed excellent leadership and role model qualities thoroughly deserving the status of silver Ambassador.

  

Kriste Jones (Brynmawr / Silver Ambassador) and Bethan Williams (Tredegar / Platinum Ambassador) playing against Charlotte Carey (Glyncoed / Gold Ambassador) at this years conference.   Charlotte is junior Welsh Table Tennis champion and was the youngest player in the Welsh squad at the commonwealth games in Delhi. Charlotte travels all over the world and is tipped to get a medal for Wales in the 2014 Commonwealth games and be selected into the GB squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Rob Guy, (Foundation Manager for Wales, Sports Leaders UK) attended the event and commented:

“It was very inspiring to see for the first time in my experience an event completely run by Young Leaders. For me personally this was a real milestone and is what I have been hoping would come to fruition in the 9 years I have been working for Sports Leaders UK.
 


Brynmawr young leaders have been excellent this year with luke Rees, Kristie Jones, James Selway reaching the status of silver ambassadors for Blaenau Gwent whilst Chloe Williams and Richard Miles have been selected to go on to the young leader plus programme along with the silver ambassadors.
All the young leaders have given up many hours of their own time to help not only for the school but also the community (see table below), a special mention has to go to Kristie Jones and Chloe Williams who have put in 200hrs+ and 100hrs+ hours since September 2011. The voluntary hours completed by the young leaders have been linked to the millennium volunteer certificate, childrens university and I am in the process of working with Nicola Jones to link up with the Welsh Bac Qualification.
Georgia Wall YL2012 Brynmawr 12hrs
Kriste Jones YL2012 Brynmawr 200hrs
Chloe Williams YL2012 Brynmawr 100hrs
Matt Cross YL2012 Brynmawr 10hrs
Luke Rees YL2012 Bynmawr 57hrs
Sadie Hillman YL2012 Brynmawr 48hrs
Beth Welch YL2012 Brynmawr 10hrs
Richard Miles YL2012 Brynmawr 20hrs
Adam White YL2012 Brynmawr 10hrs
James Selway YL2012 Brynmawr 28hrs
Sophie Davies YL2012 Brynmawr 30hrs
   
   
 

Blaenau Gwent Ambassadors with the Olympic Torch.
Kristie Jones
Organised two year 11 mixed netball side’s who entered the adult mixed netball league in Tredegar every Thursday for 6 weeks.
Kristie Jones and Chloe Williams worked in Blaen y Cwm Primary School running the after school netball club on Monday’s after school.
Successfully obtained sponsorship for a new school netball kit negotiating with local employers for sponsorship. 
Helped organise and run an Olympic event afternoon at Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre on Friday 27th July to celebrate the opening of the Olympics.
Worked with the community netball coach to run a children and adult Netball club at Nantyglo Leisure Centre on Monday evening.
Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day during the summer holidays Kristie has helped out on a voluntary basis with the Blaenau Gwent Summer Playscheme in Tredegar.
Kristie gave up a full Saturday to help out with the Inspire sports development team  at Blaina Funday on Saturday 28th July running a variety of sporting activities.
Kristie has also attended various meetings after school (voluntary) where she has taken minutes and acted as a chairperson.
Officiated and helped out at a number of successful Dragon Sport Festivals
James Selway
 Part of the committee who arranged a multi sports activity in Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre to celebrate the opening of the Olympics.
After school sports club in Ysgol cymraeg Bro Helyg running a rugby club for years 5 and 6
Chill Zone at Brynmawr Foundation School running a martial arts fitness activity for a number of challenging pupils from the school 
Officiated and helped out at a number of successful Dragon Sport Festivals.
Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day during the summer holidays James has helped out on a voluntary basis with the Blaenau Gwent Summer Playscheme in Nantyglo

 

Chloe Williams
Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day during the summer holidays Chloe has helped out on a voluntary basis with the Blaenau Gwent Summer Playscheme in Nantyglo.
Part of the BG young leaders committee who organised  multi sports activity to celebrate the opening of the Olympics.
Chloe has worked in Blaen y Cwm Primary School running the after school netball club on Monday’s after school, chloe was also part of a team of young leaders who organised and ran an Olympic style sportsday for 60 year 3 and 4 pupils at Blaen y Cwm Primary school.

Luke Rees
Part of the committee who arranged a multi sports activity in Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre to celebrate the opening of the Olympics.
After school sports club in Ysgol cymraeg Bro Helyg running a rugby club for years 5 and 6
Officiated and helped out at a number of successful Dragon Sport Festivals
Helped organise and run an Olympic event afternoon at Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre on Friday 27th July to celebrate the opening of the Olympics
Helps out on a regular basis at Llanhilleth Street Games….. this is a particularly challenging position as luke has to deal with children who have become disengaged with society.

The above is just a small sample of the activities young leaders…….The Brynmawr young leaders have regular meetings with myself it is planned this year they will help with…
The delivery of 5x60 programs in the school
Take part in a Dragon Den project where they will challenge young leaders from other comprehensives for a pot of money to improve sport in their school.
Help organise the annual young leader’s conference
Mentor and help deliver the sports leaders level 2 to the new year 10 pupils
Attend meetings including Community Chest and PE Coordinators meetings.

 

The above are only some of the activities that will be available to the young leaders as the role is developing daily with more and more opportunities being made available.

Mark Howell
Young Persons Sports Development Officer
      

 

 


 

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