Chepstow sports leadership academy started in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength. It has had a huge impact on sport in Chepstow; the lunchtime and after-school sports clubs have almost doubled in attendance, offering more opportunities for young people to take part in sport along with girls specific programme such as street dance and water polo. A small group of the academy are given the task to find out ‘what pupils want’ to ensure activities are relevant.
Many of the group have also been into local primary schools to run activities such as ultimate Frisbee, Handball, Netball and Athletics to help with school transition and giving the leaders an opportunity to develop their skills in coaching.
The leadership academy are responsible for developing and running primary school sports day and have had some fantastic feedback from parents, pupils and teachers alike for the hard work and effort.
As well as school sport, the academy plays a massive part in community sport. Many of the group are now actively coaching and leading in local clubs in a range of different sports. Leaders often get involved in holiday camps at the leisure centre and are responsible for groups of children aged between 6-11 and ensure activities are planned and delivered effectively in a fun, safe environment.
This year, we have seen 40 leaders between years 8-13 complete a total of 1554 sessions in sport across the schools and community which has led to the school receiving the Millennium Volunteers MV50 ‘group’ award at a recent awards ceremony run by Gavo.
Monmouthshire Sports Development platinum sports ambassador, Anna Stanley, won the Millennium volunteer MV50 award after volunteering over 100 hours in sport in 2013/14 while Chepstow Leisure Centre swimming teacher and Ex-Chepstow School pupil, Rachel Valiant, picked up the runner-up award in sports and leisure with her volunteering work with the group MENCAP while Kieran Samuel was joint runner up with Sport Ambassador Daniel Rundle in the Millennium Volunteer MV50 category.
About the Author
Geraint Roberts I started working for the authority in 2012 and currently work as a community and sport development officer in Chepstow. My role involves creating opportunities for comprehensive school-aged pupils to take part in a range of sporting activities through the 5x60 school project, working with local primary schools to enhance their school P.E and dragon multi skills after school clubs and creating links and pathways from school sport to community sport. I’m a trained tutor in Sports Leaders Level 1 and 2 qualifications and enjoy tutoring budding sports coaches and volunteers across Monmouthshire. I lead on the Sport Wales Young Ambassador programme for Monmouthshire which aims to empower and inspire young people to become role models and leaders through sport in order to increase physical participation in others. Working alongside Chepstow School P.E Teacher Becky Urch, We have also been able to launch and sustain a sports leadership academy who’s role is to coach and lead activities within comprehensive school, primary school and community sports clubs. I am passionate about all things sport and motivated to get more children and young people more active more often.