Good Citizenship Rewarded

On Saturday 17 May a group of 16 local children from The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent and six of its feeder primary schools were rewarded for their strong community focus and citizenship by joining in a special sports session on the Britannia Stadium pitch.

The session was organised by The Co-operative Group as part of its programme of community projects in conjunction with Stoke City Football Club.  A group of children nominated by Co-operative staff also joined in on the day.  The children were treated to a tour of the stadium followed by a football skills session and small-sided games. 

The group included three Co-operative Young Leaders from The Co-operative Academy, who on the day were able to help the Stoke City community coaches deliver the activity, and 13 primary school Play Leaders, who were selected by their respective primary schools due to their commitment to the Play Leader Programme. 

One of the key aims of The Co-operative Academy and the Co-operative Young Leaders Programme is to develop volunteering in local communities – encouraging people to organise safe sporting and academic activities in their own partner primary schools.   

Liz Garrity, CYL co-ordinator at The Co-operative Academy commented:  “The three Co-operative Young Leaders, Lewis Brown, Taylor O‘Connor and Filip Jablonski, are all in Year 10 and have excelled as Leaders, not only within the Academy but also within North Stoke where they have assisted in delivering and assisting with Key Stage 1 sport festivals and multi-sport events for the City and in local primary schools. Lewis Brown also helps deliver a weekly football coaching project at one of our partner primary schools. They are all fantastic examples of Co-operative Young Leaders!

“Thanks to the Academy’s sponsor, The Co-operative Group, today we have been able to recognise three Young Leaders and also extend the opportunity to some of our partner primary schools to get involved in this great event.”

The children who attended from the six local primary schools are all Play Leaders in their respective schools.  The Play Leaders project is part of the transition programme from primary to secondary school.  The Programme is a 6-8 hour course which develops confidence, self esteem of the pupils giving them the skills to deliver sporting activities. The Co-operative Young Leaders help with peer mentoring as part of the training for Play Leaders.

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