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Sports Leadership

Over the last few weeks of term, sports tutees have been busy providing the wider Reading primary school community with lots of competitions to attend. Year 7 sports tutees were provided with training so that they could run a Boccia and Polybat tournament. This was a huge hit with over 20 teams attending across the day.

Year 8 and 9 student also hosted the Reading Gymnastics competition which saw over 140 primary school pupils from Year 1 to 6 compete to gain crucial points for themselves and their school teams. Pupils competed in the Vault, Floor and Tumble; with the overall winning school per age group advancing to the county finals. The JMA leaders did a fantastic job of judging the event, with many of the individual winners and teams winning by 0.1 or 0.2 which shows how close performances were throughout the day.

Berkshire Young Leaders

Two of the Year 9 sports tutees, Amie and Alfie were selected to attend the Berkshire Young Activators Conference at Theale Green on Friday 7th December. This conference is for the best young leaders across Berkshire; to bring them together to share experiences and to be inspired to continue all the fantastic work they are currently doing within their schools and their local communities. The conference included an inspirational talk from an Olympic swimmer as well as more practical sessions to help the leaders think about how they plan and lead sessions to cater for all pupils. This training leads into the volunteering that the young leaders will do later in the year at either the Berkshire Winter or Summer Games.

Arinze, who is currently part of the JMA Elite basketball team and studying at sixth form, also spoke to the Berkshire Leadership Academy about his journey. He talked about his experiences as a student athlete and what they as leaders can do to support young athletes that may be experiences pathways like him. He also highlighted to the leaders that it is not just the athletes that gain experiences in sport but whole support teams that those athletes have. They all gain the experiences of been part of a team; wins, losses and draws as well as the potential to travel around the world. Therefore if they continue with their leadership one day it could be them.