Young Leadership Pathway
Young Leadership Pathway
Leadership opportunities for young people are one of our most important areas of development, investment and support. We offer a wide range of leadership roles that support young people to develop their knowledge, skills and experience to reach their full potential.
The Junior Leaders programme is a progression of the existing playground leaders training which was introduced to primary schools a number of years ago. Although not replacing playground leaders, junior leaders training has more depth and is designed to introduce upper stage primary pupils to planning and delivering physical activities whilst also exploring the wider roles they could undertake as a leader in their school.
Pupils are introduced to this programme through formal training covering:
- leading and adapting activities
- overcoming challenges
- session planning
- and the wider roles of a junior leader.
Completing this training allows primary schools and pupils to apply this learning to various initiatives and may involve pupils undertaking roles such as decision makers, event and competition organisers, technical officials and deliverers / coaches.
Continuing on from the Junior Leaders programme in primary school, secondary school pupils from S1 also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles through the Young Leaders pathway. This is accessible to pupils from S1-S6 and involves pupils taking on roles under the titles of decision makers, event and competition organisers, technical officials, deliverers / coaches and cluster sports stars.
As with Junior Leaders, the Young Leaders programme is flexible and can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual or secondary school.
Fife Sports Stars
Our newest programme is an Elite Athlete Development programme called Fife Sports Stars. It is designed to work closely with some of our most recognised and accomplished secondary school pupils aged 13-18, competing in sport either locally, regionally or internationally.
The programme has two main objectives. Participants:
- Are supported to reach their full potential as athletes and individuals
- Work as role models to inspire their peers to participate and compete in sport.
Some of the modules covered in the programme include:
- Team bonding and understanding talent
- Public speaking and social media
- Sports psychology
- Lifestyle and media training
- Injury prevention
- Strength and conditioning
The Fife Sports Stars programme works in partnership with Fife Council’s Sports Development team, Active Schools Fife, Champions in Schools, Scottish Institute of Sport, Sky Sports Academy, Fife College, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Fife Council’s Community Use Schools. As part of the programme, former and current elite athletes support and mentor Fife’s Sports Stars.
Young Ambassador Programme
The Young Ambassador Programme is our flagship programme. Selected pupils from all of Fife’s secondary schools receive comprehensive leadership experience within sport, education and community settings. The Young Ambassadors gain a vast range of skills based on the ever-important promotion, motivation and inspiration for young people in sport.
Ambassadors work alongside their Active Schools Coordinator where they receive support and guidance throughout their role allowing them to gain new skills and experiences whilst making a difference in their local school and community.
Young Ambassadors gain valuable life skills such as communication, organisation and teamwork, both through strategic and operational roles.
Ambassadors also sign up to the Saltire Award, which is a nationally recognised awarding body for volunteering hours. Using this approach is an opportunity to evidence their fantastic work when applying for further education and future employment.
Platinum Ambassador Programme
Platinum Ambassadors act as a role model to new ambassadors and help shape the overall ambassador programme within Fife.
Platinum Ambassadors play a key role in the planning and delivery of our Ambassador training day as well as leading on many other exciting projects. Through the programme, a Platinum Ambassador will gain a vast range of skills such as communication, public speaking and organising a project.
Platinum Ambassadors also sign up to the Saltire Award, which is a nationally recognised awarding body for volunteering hours. Using this approach is an opportunity to evidence their fantastic work when applying for further education and future employment.
All Platinum Ambassadors are encouraged to attend a series of bespoke training courses to support them in their role. This gives them an opportunity to fulfil the role to the best of their ability whilst gaining invaluable experience throughout their final years at school.
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