Young Leaders inspire at Basildon Community Games
A group of Upper Academy students excelled at being given the role of Young Leader Mentors at the Basildon Community Games.
The multi sports competition for local primary school pupils was held at Basildon Sporting Village and organised by the charity SportInspired.
In the weeks leading up to the event, our Young Leaders received training in order to prepare and plan the support they would be required to provide. On the day of the competition our students were given the responsibility to supervise over 200 primary school children, taking part in 6 different sporting activities.
SportInspired run events centered around team spirit, ensuring complete inclusivity. The Young Leaders made sure that, by interacting and encouraging children in their groups, everyone taking part had a fun and enjoyable day.
“It was a good opportunity to improve our leadership skills and boost the children’s confidence.” Siobhan Aksoy - & Marcia Chinamora Year 11
“It helped with my communication and organisational skills. I enjoyed coaching students in Kung-Fu. A few students needed encouragement due to lack of confidence and I was able to help them by offering positive advice and support. It helped me realise that all people have different abilities.” Toke Iziren - Year 11
“Part of the role was to keep my group on track. I really enjoyed helping and interacting with the children.” Colby Nicol - Year 10
“It was great opportunity and a beneficial experience for both myself and the children.”Sharleen Onyia – Year 11
“Mentoring gave us and the children more confidence as individuals and as a team.” Tega Atomre & Charyl Obeng - Year 10
Our Young Leaders will be taking part in further training, building on skills learnt and to reflect on their development, as well as seeing how these skills can be applied in the future.
“It was a pleasure to work alongside such inspiring leaders, they should all be incredibly proud. I look forward to continuing the legacy training and watching them develop further.” Millie Downes, Young Leader Manager - Sport Inspired