Olympic Young Ambassadors

young-ambassadorsSelection for Ambassador Conference – 09

Each Secondary School in the Mid-Wilts Schools Sport Partnership (MWSSP) chose two students to be their Sport Ambassadors. These students were either Gifted & Talented in PE and/or excelled in leadership & volunteering in Sport. Our Sport Ambassadors are pictured left.

All these Sport Ambassadors from the various schools in the MWSSP were invited to Sheldon School for a selection process in early March ’09 to decide which two to four Sport Ambassadors would become Young Ambassadors, representing the MWSSP at the Young Ambassador conference. The selection process involved a short presentation by the candidates followed by an interview. The standard of all the presentations was very high and it was felt that all of the candidates were a credit to their schools. The interviewers were looking for individuals who could not only inspire other young people but show excellent communication and organisational skills.

I am pleased to report our two Sport Ambassadors (SA) from Corsham, along with one SA from Sheldon and one SA from Lavington School were successful in being chosen as the MWSSP Young Ambassadors. All four candidates will now represent the MWSSP in Oct 2009 at a Young Ambassador Conference.

Sharron Bates

SSCo Corsham

Further details of the Young Ambassador programme is outlined below:-

 Young Ambassadors

young-ambassadors-2Each year until 2012, School Sport Partnerships across England will recruit two young people to take on the role of Young Ambassador for two years. In their first year, they work in their local communities championing sport and the ethos and values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. In the second year they take on a mentoring role with the new Young Ambassador intake.

By the time the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games reach these shores in 2012, more than 5,000 young people from across the UK will have been through the Young Ambassador programme, which is managed by the Youth Sport Trust on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Half of all the Young Ambassadors, which this year will total 898, are selected due to their sporting talent, while the other half are chosen due to their outstanding commitment and ability as young leaders or volunteers.

Overview – Young Ambassadors 2008/09

young-ambassadors-3Numbers, Outcomes and role of the YA

The Young Ambassador Programme outcomes are as follows:

  • To advocate the ethos and values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement
  • To champion sport within local communities
  • To create role models for other young people

• To aspire to inspire participation

Young Ambassador Role:

In their first year the young people selected will have a role as Young Ambassadors. There role focuses on three areas:-
1. Increase participation and healthy living of other young people
2. Promoting HQ learning in PE and Sport and across other subjects through the Olympic and Paralympic ideas/values.
3. Promote the 2012 Games

 Mentor Young Ambassador Role:

The second year (2008-09) they will be mentors for Young Ambassadors. There role will focus on three areas:-
1. To build the process for the selection of next year’s YAs
2. To build capacity of other young people through mentoring (i.e. of year 1 YAs) and supporting others
3. To undertake the YA role on a local, county, regional & national level (i.e. use on National platforms, YST to consult with year 2 YAs frequently etc)