A GROUP of young sport leaders from Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow were chosen to help at a charity swimming event at the Olympic Park’s Aquatics Centre recently.
A team of 30 newly-appointed year eight students joined their previously chosen year nine colleagues at the national event hosted by Panathlon, a charity providing sporting opportunities for young disabled competitors.
They were invited as a result of their work helping to run specialist PE sessions for children with special educational needs and disabilities at the school.
Phil Dawes, director of sport at the Burnt Mill Academy, said: “We picked students who are good role models to other children.
“Our students did not know the pupils they would be working with and so did not know what to expect. They had some training with Panathlon and performed brilliantly at the event. Staff from other schools stopped us on our way out to comment on how great they were.
“We have now got a large group of Year 8 and 9 sports leaders who are inspiring pupils in our primary schools. More pupils have signed up to be sports leaders as pupils see the work they are doing and want to achieve the same. Previous sports leaders have gone on to work at Burnt Mill Academy Trust as members of PE staff. It shows students there is a pathway in sport if they want it.”
Burnt Mill was named Newcomer of the Year in the Jack Petchey Panathlon Achievement Awards for the sports leaders’ work in leadership.
It is hoped the work will lead to leadership qualifications for the students.