The University hosted secondary and primary school students and their teachers at the Youth Sport Trust (YST) Peer Leadership and Inspiration Conference on 25 September.
Over 150 guests hailing from schools throughout the South West took part in an action-packed agenda of practical workshops and presentations designed to inspire excellent leadership in sport.
Answering the question ‘What makes a good youth sport leader?’ organiser of the event, James Long, Associate Lecturer of Sports Coaching & Physical Education, said: "You inspire people through dynamic and enthusiastic delivery centred on the differentiation of activities in order to be inclusive of all populations and their diverse needs."
Dr Lance Doggart, Head of Sport at the University of St Mark & St John added: “The conference was a huge success with school pupils taking part in fun activities and students debating issues around what makes good leadership and engaging people in sport for health and wellbeing."
An opening ceremony included a formal address from a youth ambassador, GB swimmer Kate Grey and GB Waterpolo Captain Craig Figes. As a Paralympic athlete, Kate gave students first hand insight into her development; the issues she faced and the success she has achieved.
Throughout the day practical workshops explored ways to engage the less active individuals in physical education, school sport and physical activity, with sessions delivered to key stage 2 and 3 pupils, led by the University’s BA Physical Education students.
These students also had the opportunity to apply for a national training and volunteering package involving a range of responsibilities with the YST.
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