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Olympic legacy programme helps young people develop leadership skills



Youngsters from schools across Cardiff are being provided with opportunities to enhance their leadership skills, all thanks to the London 2012 Olympic legacy.

Sport Cardiff is actively promoting the National Young Ambassador (YA) programme, operated in partnership with Sport Wales and the Youth Sport Trust, which aims to inspire young people to become leaders through sport and physical activity.

Launched in Wales in 2010, the YA programme was created by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

In May, Sport Cardiff invited every secondary school in Cardiff to send four pupils to take part in a silver level YA training day.

A cohort of 42 children attended the day which was run by Sport Cardiff and delivered at the brand new Archers Arena at Cardiff Met, Cyncoed Campus.

Pupils attended from a range of schools including Cardiff High School, Cathays High School, Llanishen High School, Mary Immaculate High School, Radyr Comprehensive School, St Illtyd's Catholic High School, St Teilo's Church in Wales High School, Ysgol Bro Edern, Ysgol Glantaf, Ysgol Plasmawr and Whitchurch High School.

Sport Cardiff ran team-building activities with the school children where the pupils were allocated into mixed groups to ensure they had the opportunities to work with their peers. The schools also pledged how they would improve sport in their respective establishments. 

The children also identified some important characteristics for good leadership and were given presentations from current Cardiff Met students about their experiences of being young ambassadors.

Speaking about the YA training day, Sport Cardiff's Fay Benningwood said:

"Sport Cardiff's long term goal is to develop youth ambassadors and retain leaders whilst developing the confidence and skills of individuals to transfer to future educational and employment opportunities."

Gethin Smart, Sport Cardiff's Neighbourhood Sport Coordinator (North), added:

"Sport Cardiff continues to offer an annual recruitment programme to develop new ambassadors and has recently recruited a Cardiff Metropolitan University student to lead the programme from 2017-2018 with an aim of engaging every secondary school in Cardiff with the scheme."

For further information on the Young Ambassador programme in Cardiff, please contact Fbenningwood@cardiffmet.ac.uk or visit the Young Volunteers pages of the Club Solutions website http://www.clubsolutions.wales/young-volunteers/