On Monday 9th March five selected Leaders travelled to Southampton Solent University to attend a Young Ambassador Conference.
The Ambassadors were chosen because of the dedication to sport and leadership qualities shown at Test Valley School.
The Ambassadors were:
Year 10 Sports Leaders
- Emily Fitzpatrick
- Alex Farrow
- Luke Dennis
Year 9 Leaders
- Ethan Bullis
- Callum Giles
On arrival they were issued their log books for the day and a very impressive Ambassador T-shirt which they all wore with pride.
What is the Ambassador Programme?
The Young Ambassador Programme is a true legacy of London 2012. Established by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) when London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the programme has now become embedded in our schools. Young people are now aspiring to, and striving to become, the next Young Ambassadors in their school.
The opening ceremony included 2 ‘Elite’ Athletes: Paralympian Kate Grey and Olympian Craig Figes who were there to inspire the Leaders during the day and talk about their own experiences.
Luke Dennis Year 10 commented that:
“Kate Grey’s story really inspired me.”
After the opening ceremony the Ambassadors were divided into 3 groups and attended various workshops to develop communication, presentations and decision making skills as well as new practical activity ideas.
The practical session involved lots of new equipment that younger pupils would really enjoy, including ‘rebound nets’ which our Ambassadors had to develop a basic game with and then explain it to Ambassadors from other schools. The practical session was lots of fun with some interesting ideas.
A lunch break was then introduced before the role modelling and skills workshop sessions. These sessions involved the Elite Athletes. Our Ambassadors learnt how the Paralympian Kate Grey became disabled and the amputation of her left arm when she was only 2 years old.
Ethan Bullis Year 9 stated:
“I really enjoyed the day and it was an important learning experience for me. It has given me confidence to talk in front of people that I don’t know…”
The Conference was an inspirational event and hopefully the Ambassadors, with the help our Test Valley pupils, will be able to implement their ideas across the school and increase participation in PE and school sport, promote the positive values sport can develop and be advocates and role models for PE and school sport.