Pupils from St Gregory’s RC High School have become the first ever group to complete a Sports Leadership course run by Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation with help from staff at Gladstone Brookes.
As a special treat the Young Leaders were taken on a behind the scenes tour of the Wolves Halliwell Jones Stadium before receiving their certificates from Stu Farley of Gladstone Brookes.
Course tutor Jake Ryder told the children at the presentation ceremony: “You should be proud of yourselves because you are the first group ever to complete the full course. You should have a real sense of achievement.”
The children – all pupils with special educational needs (SEN) – learned basic leadership skills, how to plan and lead an event and improved their communication skills.
Says Jake: “The course is an excellent addition to a CV and can lead to future volunteering opportunities with the Foundation, encouraging the Young Leaders to maintain the skills that can be used in all areas of life.
Wolves Total Sport Co-ordinator Craig Thomason adds: ““We are extremely proud of the St Gregory’s pupils for being the first group of children with SEN we have put through the Sports Leadership course.
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Worked extremely hard
“The pupils have worked extremely hard over the past eight weeks around identifying leadership attributes, policies and procedures as well as planning and delivering sessions.
“With support from the Wolves Foundation and Gladstone Brookes all the pupils have gained confidence in all areas and have certainly surpassed their own expectations of the program.”
Amanda Hunt, from St Gregory’s, says: “Our staff are really proud of the children’s achievement. This is something that has never been done before. We can’t thank Jake, Craig and the Gladstone Brookes staff enough for allowing them to have the opportunity to do this course.
“The parents have also expressed how delighted they are with how much their children have got out of it. They can see their children love what they are doing, with a real sense of achievement and pride.
Stu Farley says: “This is all part of the Gladstone Brookes commitment to charity and working within our local community and as a company we are proud to be involved in projects like this.
“We have been working with the Wolves Foundation for five years on a number of projects. Our association with St Gregory’s has been running for the past two years with staff volunteering to help out on a weekly basis to deliver courses to the students.”