Bucking the trend

AT a time when young people are being criticised nationally for not taking enough exercise, students at Kirk Hallam Community College have bucked the trend by completing a course on sport leadership.

The year 11 pupils had to participate in and organise sporting events involving the wider community to promote exercise and develop their own sporting and management skills.

One of the events they staged was a rounders competition for local primary schools. The students had to organise and publicise the competition, officiate at it and give out awards to the winners.

This is the third time the voluntary Junior Sport Leadership Awards scheme has been run at the college and this year's has been more popular than ever.

Vice principal at the college, John Warrington, said: "The students really enjoyed it. They learnt new skills they could put into practice. Many of them are interested in sport and PE and hopefully they will stay involved with it when they go on to higher education."

If the pupils do decide to carry on and develop their skills further, they are now eligible to take the Community Sport Leadership Award.

More than 200 pupils received their Junior Sport Leadership Award at a special presentation ceremony which was held at the school at the end of May.