School’s out for sports graduates

A team of aspiring sports coaches has graduated from Renfrewshire School of Sports Education adding to the county’s growing pool of young sporting talent.

Fifty-two young people from across Renfrewshire were presented with their qualifications by Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, during a graduation ceremony held recently at Renfrew Town Hall to mark their completion of a 10-month leadership course.

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Renfrewshire School of Sports Education is a training and education programme for senior pupils within Renfrewshire’s 11 secondary schools. Students are engaged in accredited training that helps them to achieve nationally recognised sports coaching awards and other leadership qualifications.

The programme, supported with funding from SportsScotland, develops skills such as running workshops and coaching children, while increasing knowledge of and participation in different sports.

Councillor Henry said, “A key part of our Active Renfrewshire strategy is to build a foundation of trainers who will ensure sport continues to thrive in the county, now, and for the benefit of future generations. The leadership course fulfils this goal and extends the range of qualifications available to young people aged 14 to 18 years old.

“Students involved in the programme have contributed over 5,500 hours of volunteering within our Active Schools and community sports programmes. Our graduates can be proud of their achievements both in and out of the classroom. It is thanks to them we were able to deliver activities such as Gateway to the Games’ School Sport Week for the benefit of others.

“We hope they leave with the confidence to apply their new skills and experience to their future endeavours while continuing to champion active and healthy lifestyles within Renfrewshire. We’re relying on them to help embed sport into the lives of our young people.”

The application process for the 2013/14 leadership course opens in August. There are 60 places available and up to 10 pupils from each secondary school can be put forward for selection. For further information pupils should contact their Active Schools Coordinator or a member of staff within their school PE department.

The leadership course is available to senior pupils aged between 16 and 18 years old.