Sports Academy and Yorkshire Sport Foundation team up for Ambassador Scheme

Barnsley Sports Academy is working in conjunction with Yorkshire Sport Foundation to help deliver its Further Education Ambassador Scheme.

The scheme is designed to identify students who want to pursue a career in Sports Development and Coaching, and work with them to encourage other students, who are not as active in sport, to participate on a regular basis.

Debra Cummins, Development Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, encourages 14-19 year olds to become more active.

Debra said: “We are really trying to put young people at the heart of the programme.

“Ambassadors are tasked with finding out what kind of activities students at the College would like to do, what the barriers are which might prevent them from participating and then we support them with a little bit of funding to get sessions going.

“At Barnsley College they’ve done a tremendous job. They run a number of different activities through the programme such as football, netball, tchoukball and dodgeball and they do inclusive work for students with a disability.

“The scheme gives students real sports development experience such as project and budget planning, but also it benefits the well-being of the students involved.

“The scheme gets students active. It can help them with their mental health, social and team-working skills and can just provide them with a bit of a break from their studies so they can recharge and refresh.”

In conjunction with the Ambassador Scheme, Yorkshire Sport Foundation has created the ‘College Games’ which will be held on Wednesday 27 March.

The Games, which involves six colleges from across South Yorkshire, will be led by students from Barnsley College who will have control over the organisation of the event.

Debra said: “Students from Barnsley College will organise everything from the sports to the risk assessment. It promises to be an enjoyable day and a great experience for the events management students.”

Amanda Sowerby, Physical Activity and Sport Co-ordinator at Barnsley College, is liaising with Yorkshire Sport Foundation and students to help plan the event.

Amanda added: “On the day Barnsley College students will also compete in 7-a-side football, badminton, volleyball and dodgeball games.

“These are participation games, it is a great opportunity for students to perform and challenge their body and mind.”

Debra said: “We are delighted to work with Barnsley Sports Academy who continue to support the development of sport and young people. The facilities at the College are fantastic and they are utilised really well.

“It’s not just using those facilities for the students who participate in sport, but it’s great to see they utilise those facilities for the less active.

“The staff and students have a real understanding of the project and the students they want to target.”

To find out more about the Ambassador Scheme and the College Games on Wednesday 27 March contact Amanda Sowerby on amanda.sowerby@barnsley.ac.uk or Debra Cummins on debra.cummins@yorkshiresport.org.