YOUNG SPORTS COACHES REWARDED

YOUNG SPORTS COACHES REWARDED BY SURE ISLE OF MAN

Sporty youngsters who encourage others to get fit and active have been rewarded for their efforts.

Each year, 16 to 19-year-olds sign up for the Sure Sports Leaders’ Programme, run by Manx Sport and Recreation and sponsored by the telecoms firm.

The teenagers gain skills at a week-long summer camp at the National Sports Centre, then coach voluntarily at schools, community clubs, Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) activities and primary schools’ sports festivals through the year.

The scheme promotes a major aim of the Strategy for Sport – getting more people more active more often.

For some, their participation as young leaders also leads to a coaching award.

In the autumn and spring terms, Sure Isle of Man rewards the young leaders who have recorded the most hours’ coaching.

Sean Jackson, of Ballakermeen High School, received a £100 Sure voucher from Sarah Jarvis, the company’s Marketing Manager, after completing 146 hours last term as a volunteer. Ruby Turner (St Ninian’s High School, 45 hours) received a £75 Sure voucher and Keisha Hewison (University College Isle of Man, 39 hours) a £50 Sure voucher.

They are among 22 leaders who – in addition to exams and other commitments – completed a total of 560 voluntary hours during the term.

Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘Our Strategy for Sport identifies the importance of young people getting involved in physical activity from an early age to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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