Olympic Champion welcomes children to the Bedfordshire & Luton School Games Maker Programme
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:06
On Tuesday 10th December 146 young people from all over the county came together at the University of Bedfordshire for a County wide school Games Maker Conference. The conference engages young people into a volunteering and/or leadership role, and its aim is to develop the life skills within these young people, furthering their employability status.
Organised by team BEDS&LUTON and funded by the Department for Education the day incorporated leadership and coaching skills in a workshop of their choice (4 different Sports on offer – tennis, cricket, outdoor adventurous activities, netball ) plus a media course for students who want to learn interview and video skills, a girls into coaching workshop and a step into sport camp for inclusive sports.
Children from year groups 9-12 who attend mainstream or a special school listened to Olympic gold medallist Montell Douglas give an inspiring welcome speech to the children and later helped out at some of the workshops and let the media students practised their interview techniques and camera skills with her.
Montell Douglas switched to the bobsleigh in the summer of 2016 after a stellar athletics career which saw her represent Team GB at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, competing in both the 100m and 4x100m relay, reaching the final in the latter. She also won 4x100m gold at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. They then listened to a talk from Alastair Patrick-Heselton, a promising footballer who went on to represent Team GB at the Paralympic Games following a car accident left him with cerebral palsy.
Children learned all about the school games values : Teamwork, honesty, determination, respect, passion, self- belief and the day provided a great opportunity for the young people in terms of character building, confidence, and learning new skills.
Gill Morrow School Games organiser comments ' This conference allows us to develop a workforce of volunteers to help run our School Games Programme both at level 2 and at county finals. Its an amazing experience for them and they can go on to other volunteering roles in the community'
If you are a club looking for volunteers for your club or community group you can register your organisation at www.teambedsandluton.co.uk or if you are a young person looking to volunteer please go to our games maker page on the site.