Young sports leaders have been presented with their end of year prizes after clocking up hundreds of hours of coaching.
The Sports Development Unit’s Sure Sports Leadership Programme saw a very successful year of volunteering from 40 young leaders across the Isle of Man, who delivered an impressive 900 hours of coaching in after-school and community sports clubs around the island.
In order to qualify to participate in the programme back in September 2012, all sports leaders on the programme undertook a series of training workshops covering safeguarding and protecting children and leadership skills in addition to sports specific workshops in tag rugby, badminton, athletics, cricket, netball and hockey.
‘Without the support of sports leaders some primary schools would have struggled to provide extra-curricular activities for certain sports,’ said Trevor Christian from the Sports Development Unit.
Thanks to the support of Sure, an incentive of £50 and £100 Sure Vouchers have been up for grabs during each of the school terms for the leaders that have accumulated the most coaching hours.
Runner up for the summer term and winner of a £50 Sure voucher was Holly Williamson. Receiving a £100 Sure voucher for leading the summer term was Rebecca Kelly.
Rebecca was also awarded an iPad for winning the coveted title of Sure Sports Leader of the Year. This title is given to the leader showing the greatest commitment, enthusiasm and standards given to coaching and officiating in the community.
The programme will now be undergoing a revamp for next year with some exciting changes to the training opportunities for the leaders which the sport development team will be disclosing soon.
If you are in year 11 to 13 and interested in becoming a sports leader, contact the sports development office on 688592.