Young leaders show way

Tees Valley Leaders Academy Conference Day
Tees Valley Leaders Academy Conference Day

EIGHT Hartlepool students have been selected to take part in a programme aimed at inspiring the next generation of sports leaders.

Tees Valley Sport chose the students from Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Sixth Form College to be part of a 40-strong team of the Tees Valley Leaders Academy.

The academy is a key part of the Tees Valley 2012 Olympic Legacy Plan and has been established to bring through more sports coaches and volunteers and also to develop their leadership skills.

Tees Valley Sport chairman, Mike Crawshaw said: “The Leadership Academy is a great way to inspire and enthuse a new generation of sports leaders. London 2012 has clearly captured the enthusiasm of the students, and this will provide the Tees Valley with a lasting legacy.”

The leaders attended a conference at Teesside University which included workshops aimed at increasing the students’ knowledge and understanding leadership issues.

They will also go on to support the delivery of the Tees Valley School Games, acting as coaches, officials, marshals and event co-ordinators.

Sport leader and Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Joshua Bragman said: “It was a very informative day and it was great to be around like minded people. I’m looking forward to getting involved in the school games and hopefully volunteering in a local club afterwards to gain experience.”

Up next for the leaders is a two-week programme of training later this month, followed by opportunities to gain some practical work experience.