Within East Staffordshire there are numerous sports leadership opportunities for students to get involved in. At the sports partnership the leadership pathway begins in primary schools where pupils receive Playground Leader training. Throughout the training they will learn how to communicate effectively, how to deliver fun and safe games and how to engage peers at break and lunchtimes.

Young Ambassadors

This pathway is continued as students move into Year 8 as they are able to become a Young Ambassador for East Staffordshire. This role includes attending training sessions, supporting primary competitions and logging voluntary hours withing sport. The Young Ambassador programme has its own reward scheme with students being recognised for every 10, 25, 50 and 100 hours logged. Applications to become a Young Ambassador are open to any students in Years 8-11 that attend a school within East Staffordshire.

Throughout the year we also support the students in their development by providing accredited courses specific to the individual’s interests. Previously we have had 7 students complete the FA Basic Referees course from which they are now progressing on the national development programme. We have also supported over 30 female students in the completion of a Youth Umpire Award in Netball and 22 students have completed a Rugby Ready and Level 1 Referee course. From this we have been able to provide a high standard of officiating at our competitions and create links with local clubs to support the development of our Young Ambassadors.

To apply to become a Young Ambassador for 2016/17 please complete and return the application form to Becky Furniss via email or post using the details below.

The deadline for all applications is MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 7th October.

County Young Coach Academy

We are pleased to announce that East Staffordshire Sports Partnership is working together with the Youth Sport Trust and Blessed Robert Sutton (lead school for leadership, coaching and volunteering) to deliver the County Young Coach Academy programme for the second year running.

The programme aims to;

  • provide a pathway between school leadership and volunteering programmes to community coaching
  • help young coaches reflect on what type of coach they want to be
  • develop and challenge their personal and practical coaching skills
  • support young coaches with access to coaching opportunities in the community

Successful applicants will need to attend a number of workshops throughout the academic year (evening and/ or weekend).  Applicants will also be assigned a mentor and a community club or setting to put into practice what they have learnt during workshops.

To apply to be part of the CYCA click here to download and application form, once complete please return to Becky Furniss via email or post using the details below.  Applicants must be 14 years + by 1st September 2016, attend a school within Staffordshire & Stoke-On-Trent and be fully committed to the programme.

The deadline for all applications is FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 29th November.