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September 24th 2019

Great training day for local School Sport Ambassadors

On September 24th 2019 The Grange School hosted the Christchurch and Bournemouth Primary Leadership Academy.  One hundred and ten Year 5 and Year 6 students from eleven local primary schools took part in various workshops to be trained as Bronze Ambassadors. These fantastic young leaders will provide opportunities for children in their schools by supporting their PE coordinators to promote healthy active lifestyles, and act as role models. Young Ambassadors from The Grange School supported the event along with a number of local School Games Organisers (SGOs). Paralympian, European and World Champion Swimmer, Kate Grey and European High Jump Masters Gold Medallist James Hind were also on hand as special guest mentors to support and inspire the students.

The Grange's own Dan Moody has been nominated for the National School Games Organiser of the Year Award and a film crew from the Youth Sports Trust came along to capture the event on film ready to show at the forthcoming National School Games Conference at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in November.  Five hundred SGOs will vote during the conference for the overall winner from the three finalists.  Good Luck Dan!  

Kate Gray - Paralympian and sports reporter, European/world champion and Olympic medallist-swimming - said ‘Leadership Academies are particularly important for primary school children as it helps them discover their strengths and areas for improvement.  They are therefore better prepared as they develop as young people; they are also able to pass on their experience and knowledge to other children within their schools.’

Sarah Dunsford from SGO Bournemouth commented that ‘Primary Leadership Academies are really important to inspire the next generation of coaches, referees and teachers.  Dan Moody is integral to Dorset Leadership Academy, he is at the heart of the programme and has a massive impact on children’s’ lives.’

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