Through out the year we offer different Leadership Training for children and young people. Children in Year 4 can start their Leadership journey which provides a pathway all the way through to Secondary School. As an organisation we believe passionately in the development of young people as leaders, both for their personal development as well as the positive impact they have on the young people they are leading. The Young Leaders we train are an invaluable asset to us, they are a great help and support at many of our events.

What we offer:

Playground Pals Leaders – Year 4 Children

Change for Life Champion and Mentor Training – Year 5 and 6 Children and School Staff.

Primary Leadership Academy – Year 5 and 6 Children.

Change for Life Celebration Training – Year 5. Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 Children.

Competition Organiser Training – Year 7.

Secondary Leadership Academy – Year 8 and Year 9 Children.

Playground Pals:

On Tuesday 2nd November 2021 we held our Playground Pals Leadership Training to a group of Year 5 children from Reid Street, St Teresa’s, Polam Hall, Mount Pleasant and Springfield Primary School. The children all set up, demonstrated and delivered some playground games before learning about the STEP Framework. The children also took part in some Good Leader activities and put together a Action Plan ready for implementing their Playground Games back in their school. Well Done to all the children for becoming Playground Pal Leaders.

Change for Life Champion and Mentor Training

We held two sessions of our Change for Life Champion and Mentor Training working with staff and children from Reid Street, St John’s CE Academy and West Park Academy. Children and Staff separated for the first part of the session, staff worked on some Mentor Training while the Children looked at the Change for Life Resources and how to use them. Staff and children then came back together to deliver some Change for Life activities in their school groups. Children learnt about the STEP Principle and worked well demonstrating some good leadership skills. Children and staff put together an action plan ready to implement back in their school.

Secondary Leadership Training

On Tuesday 11th January we held our Secondary Leadership Academy Day at the Dolphin Centre, we had Haughton Academy and Carmel College attend. The Leaders took part in workshops in the morning which included; ‘The role of a Sports Leader’ ‘Planning and scoring a competition’ and ‘Officiating and Controlling a Game’. In the afternoon the Leaders took part in some practical sessions, these were Table Tennis, Boccia and Badminton. The leaders learnt how to lead and score at these events, we look forward to having the Leaders support us at these Primary Events.

2019-Summer 2021

Young Competition Organiser Training – Summer 2021

This term we have attended both Wyvern Academy – Year 8 Students and Haughton Academy – Year 7 Students to deliver the Young Competition Organiser Training . The outline of the training focused on what a successful competition looks like and different competition formats which can be used. The students put together what they learnt and delivered some activities in small groups using the SMILES and STEP principles before finishing off with an Action Plan. The training was a great success and the children went away full of ideas to implement in school.

Secondary Leadership Training 2020

On Monday 16th November 2020 and Monday 14th December we held our Secondary Leadership Academy Training at Wyvern Academy with Year 8 Pupils and Haughton Academy with Year 9 Pupils. This consisted of some classroom based tasks and some practical delivery. The classroom activities consisted of; looking at the background of Leadership, the School Games and what makes a good leader, Learning to fail – learning that failing is fine and this helps us to learn from these experiences, Promoting ownership and looking at taking responsibility plus Growth Mindset and how these can help build on our Skills and Qualities. The Leaders completed their own Leadership Pizza which looked at the different skills which they thought were most important to them and ones that they want to build on over the course of their leadership journey. For the practical side the Leaders paired up and worked together to deliver a chosen activity to the rest of group, they had to think about how the activity will be set up, scoring, demonstrating and giving encouragement. The leaders were fantastic and all demonstrated good leadership skills, they encouraged each other and took positive points from each activity. Overall both days were a success, the Leaders all felt their Leadership Skills have improved and look forward to putting their Skills into action in the near future.

Leadership 2019-2020

During this academic year we had Carmel College, Wyvern Academy, Hurworth Secondary, Longfield Academy, St Aidan’s, Education Village and Polam Hall Secondary all take part in our Leadership Academy. Throughout the year pupils took part in Leadership Training and then assisted with our events which included scoring, timing, demonstrating, marshalling, setting up and clearing away and leading activities. We are grateful for the support we receive from our Young Leaders as without these some of our events would be unable to take place. We have had over 200 Young Leaders this year who have all gained a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, we are proud of their achievement and look forward to future events with them.

Carmel College: Bronze Awards – 22. Silver Awards – 2.

Wyvern Academy: Bronze Awards – 10. Silver Awards – 42. Gold Award – 1.

Hurworth Secondary: Bronze Awards – 34. Silver Awards – 4.

Longfield Academy: Bronze Awards – 4. Silver Awards – 5. Gold Awards – 7.

St Aidan’s: Bronze Awards – 21.

Education Village: Bronze Awards – 20.

Polam Hall Secondary: Bronze Awards – 50.

Secondary Leadership Training 2019

On Friday 31st January we held our Secondary Leadership Day at the Dolphin Centre. We had Young Leaders from Carmel College, Wyvern Academy, Haughton Academy and Polam Hall School who took part in 4 workshops on the morning, these were based on Role of the Sports Leader, Competition Formats and Scoring, Officiating and Controlling a Game and Adapting Activities. On the afternoon the 4 schools attending plus Longfield Academy all focused on a Specific Sport; Longfield – Table Tennis, Carmel College – Cricket, Haughton Academy – Boccia and Polam Hall – Change for Life. Wyvern Academy and Carmel College also received some training previously focusing on Tennis and Aquatics. It was a very enjoyable day for the leaders, they were all engaged, all gained good knowledge and all now feel more confident to lead at events, we are very excited to have them at our future events. Special thanks goes to all 5 Schools plus Darlington School Sport Partnership, Emma Turnbull – Stockton School Game Organiser, Aimee Dunnabie – Move More Team, Oliver King – Durham Cricket Board, David Noutch – Darlington Dolphins, Dave Bullen – Durham School Aquatic Development Manager and Claire Smith – Lawn Tennis Association who all delivered and helped make the day a great success.