STUDENTS were on the ball when they proved they have what it takes to take the lead in sports.
A dozen pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, have just completed the school’s Academy Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership.
The course, ran by Mark Blackwood and Chris Glynn, can be a great foundation for those wanting to pursue a career in sports coaching and teaching.
It involved five days of intensive training and saw the group organising their own sports festivals and events, including a sports festival for primary schoolchildren at the Belle Vue Sports and Community Centre.
They were presented with their awards by school headteacher Michael Lee.
Mr Blackwood said: “The course is designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports and recreational situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner.
“The students initially learned how to plan, lead and evaluate sessions before organising a variety of sports festivals and events.
“Myself and the school are very proud of what the students have done and all the hard work they put in.”
Student Millie Smith said: “Everyone who took part has a real passion for sport so we all enjoyed the experience.
“The course involved us developing our leadership skills and taking part in a wide range of tasks that would develop us as a leader.
“We took part in a range of activities such as creating our own session plans to teach other pupils.”
Fellow student Regan Morris said: “Being part of the sports leaders group has been a great experience for everybody, we have all learned a variety of things we didn’t know before we all came together.
“The most important thing that we are all getting out of this is learning to work as a team and to show people the leadership skills we have.”