Teens train as sporting leaders

editorial image

ENERGETIC youngsters from Express area are on their way to becoming the sports leaders of the future.

A group of six teenagers successfully completed a 12-week course in sports leadership and received their level one award certificates at the Platform One Youth Club on Wakefield Road, Hemsworth, last week.

Harry Jenkinson, 13, from South Kirkby, was the youngest to receive the award. He said: “It’s been really good. We’ve learnt about warming up and how to plan sports sessions, so it’s more than just showing people how to do things.”

Fellow learner Craig Warren, 17, from Fitzwilliam, said he wanted to do the course to see what opportunities it would lead to.

During the past three months they learnt about coaching, refereeing, communication, organisation, session plans and the importance of promoting fun among participants.

The course was delivered by Wakefield Council sports coaches and in addition to the certificates, the youngsters also received £20 Cineworld vouchers from Wakefield and District Housing, who supported the scheme.