The Sports Leaders level one course has been a huge success this year at Lincoln Minster school.
Twenty pupils across Years 9 and 10 signed up to the course at the beginning of the school year and all pupils passed and were accredited with this qualification whilst exceeding expectations from tutors and also the sports leaders organisation.
One sport that has been introduced to school this year is wheelchair basketball. In preparation for the Corporate Lincolnshire CEO League Challenge, 11 Leaders were trained up to officiate matches; Kim D, Megan F, Will F, Leo K-W, Spencer C, Amaya C, Abigail W, Ellen W, Archie H, Issie W and Suzanne W. This involved a two hour session where the leaders had to learn the rules and then how to push and move in chair and then play a game. The leaders then had to officiate matches consisting of adult teams from companies such as the Police Service, University, Lincolnshire Co-Op, Fire Service and our own LMS team to name but a few!
This was a big commitment for the leaders as the league ran over four sessions, each lasting three hours in the evenings. The first week of the league matches was particularly busy with our leaders officiating 45 games over 150 minutes!
Mr Ian Brown,Project Lead at Active Lincolnshire, said:
“The leaders at LMS have been extremely professional and polite. They have gained in confidence and I look forward to working with them in the future"
As well as taking part in the wheelchair basketball the leaders have also been involved in working with the local school games coordinator and leading a number of her school games events this year. This has included a Year 3 and 4 red ball tennis tournament and also a multi skills quick sticks hockey festival. These involved local primary schools taking part in the activities whilst the leaders helped organise, support, officiate and work with the primary pupils. Our sports leader pupils have received fantastic feedback not only from the organiser but also parents from a number of the local schools.
Sports Games Organiser for the school, Michelle Manby, summarised:
"I am the local School Games Organiser (SGO) for Lincoln Minster School. I work alongside students from LMS who participate in the School Games competitions and students that are sports leaders.
LMS sports leaders have been involved in volunteering opportunities within the School Games Programme which have counted towards their total volunteering hours. They spent a day with us during our Y5/6 quick sticks competition where they were given training, led a hockey based multi-skills session to young people and then led the quick sticks competition. They undertook roles such as coaching, officiating, time keeping, scoring and team leading. LMS students acted as fantastic role models to the young people at the event and displayed some excellent leadership duties.
We have invited LMS to run our Y5/6 quick sticks competition again in 2019 and we look forward to working alongside them again."
We are extremely proud of our sports leaders, they are such fantastic role models and have inspired many of the pupils they have been involved with this year.
Mrs Mackender and Miss Snowden
Teachers of PE and Games
LMS will be running a level 1 and Level 2 Sports leaders course next year.