Pupils from six Primary Schools across Cardiff celebrated the launch of Sport Cardiff Bronze Young Ambassadors programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University today (November 20th.)
The Young Ambassador programme, which was born out of the London 2012 Olympic Games Legacy, is a pathway that aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport and to encourage their peers to take part in more sport. There are more than 2,800 Young Ambassadors across Wales, all of whom are the voice for PE and School Sport in their schools and communities and who promote the positive value of sport.
There are different pathway levels within the programme, including Silver and Gold for secondary and college students, and Platinum for advanced individuals. To engage younger pupils, Sport Cardiff has now launched the Bronze Young Ambassadors programme for primary school pupils.
The Sport Cardiff Bronze Young Ambassador launch event was held at the Archers Arena at Cardiff Met's Cyncoed Campus, and was combined with a Play Makers training session for 24 children to become Bronze Young Ambassadors. The event was led by Higher Education Young Ambassadors from Cardiff Met and supported by Silver and Gold Young Ambassadors from Cardiff High School and St Teilo's Church in Wales High School.
Primary Schools taking part included Ysgol Y Wern, Llanishen Fach Primary, Rhydypennau Primary, St David's Church in Wales Primary, All Saints Church in Wales Primary and Roath Park Primary School.
Speaking about the launch, Gethin Smart, from Sport said: "We are really excited about the launch of the Bronze Young Ambassadors. It is a great opportunity for primary school pupils to learn how to become the future leaders for sports and to inspire their friends and classmates to join in other sporting activities.
"At Sport Cardiff, we are very active in the Young Ambassadors programme and have had great success with the Silver, Gold and HEYA levels and were recognised as one of the best Young Ambassador schemes in Wales. We want to carry on this success with the Bronze programme and are looking forward to working with the pupils who will get involved."
Lawrence Conway, Chair of Sport Wales, said: "We are really proud of the launch of the Bronze Young Ambassadors programme. Encouraging more young people to partake in sport is one of our main priorities, and this new programme is totally in line with our ethos of promoting sport for enjoyment, building confidence and teamwork, and investing in health."
The Young Ambassador programme in Wales is run in partnership between Sport Wales, the Youth Sport Trust and the sport development team in each Local Authority.
Sport Cardiff is a Joint Venture Agreement between Cardiff Metropolitan University and City of Cardiff Council. Sport Cardiff's mission is to enrich the lives of the people of Cardiff by delivering a range of quality sporting opportunities.
The agreement has been backed by Sport Wales and provides timely boost to the resources available to develop sport in the Welsh capital.
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