Selected pupils from East Renfrewshire's secondary schools recently joined various sporting heroes at the annual sportscotland Young Ambassador Conference at Hampden Park
Each year, East Renfrewshire P.E. departments and Active Schools Coordinators have a selection process in place, consisting of an application and interview, to identify 2 pupils to be sporting role models within their school. The successful candidates are then invited to join over 150 pupils from across Glasgow & the West, in a day that aims to inform and inspire for their year ahead as Young Ambassadors.
This year, 14 pupils from all 7 East Renfrewshire Secondary Schools attended the lottery funded conference which was hosted by Olympic Bronze Medalist, Snowboarder, Jenny Jones. The day consisted of workshops led by athletes from an array of sports including rugby, judo and swimming, as well as the opportunity to hear inspirational advice from previous Young Ambassadors.
The sportscotland Young Ambassador initiative offers the chance for senior pupils to make a difference and encourage others to partake in sport and physical activity opportunities, by being influential sporting role models to younger pupils. The programme is a great way for those who are passionate about sport to drive forward change and make a positive impact on sporting participation within their school and local community, whilst being involved in a national initiative.
The key roles of a Young Ambassador are to support Active Schools locally and use the School Sport Award to influence six aspects of school sport:
1. Extra curricular sport provision
2. Links to community sport opportunities
3. Opportunities for competition
4. Celebration of pupil achievements in sport
5. Leadership opportunities for young people
6. PE in schools
The day was so inspiring and left us extremely excited to begin our journey as Young Ambassadors for Woodfarm High School. We both have an aim to engage more people to take part in sport within our own school and local primaries, and following on from the conference; we have discussed many ideas on how we plan to do that with the support of our P.E. Teachers and Active Schools Coordinator
Heather & Jamie, Young Ambassadors, Woodfarm High
After seeing the enthusiasm and hearing the ideas from the East Renfrewshire Young Ambassadors at this year's conference, I am confident that we have a high caliber of Young Ambassadors who will be successful within this role and I for one am excited to support, mentor and encourage these young people throughout the course of the academic year.
Sarah Bird, Active School Coordinator, Woodfarm Cluster