Senior pupils learn coaching and leadership

Young people from Berwickshire spent their October holiday learning coaching and leadership skills.

Forty pupils from six Borders’s High Schools, including Berwickshire, used the October holiday to improve on their coaching and leadership skills when they took part in Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s Active Schools Coaching and Leadership Skills programme at Earlston High School.

The pupils, from Duns, Hawick, Galashiels, Earlston, Jedburgh and Kelso, were trained in netball, child protection, and working with disabled athletes, in courses that consisted of practical and theory based activity and provided a broad range of information and ideas for developing skills.

The course is part of a year round programme of training opportunities open to volunteers, in particular senior high school pupils.

Graeme Murdoch, assistant Active Schools manager, explained: “Active Schools and PE departments now have leadership courses established in all Secondary Schools and the October holiday opportunities build on the excellent work already being carried out.”

Mr Murdoch said that getting high school students involved in the Active Schools programme was a good way of encouraging links between schools and the community through sport.

He said: “Using senior pupils is a great way for both Active Schools and Schools to engage with the wider community whilst using the values of sport and activity to encourage lifelong participation”.

Any senior pupil interested in volunteering within the Active Schools Programme should contact activeschools@bslt.org.uk or call 01896 759579.