Pupils hone their leadership skills

BSLT Training: Pupils from Hawick High School take part in some disability inclusion training.
BSLT Training: Pupils from Hawick High School take part in some disability inclusion training.

FORTY pupils from six Borders’ high schools used the October holiday to improve on their coaching and leadership skills when they took part in Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s Active Schools programme at Earlston High School.

The pupils from Hawick, Galashiels, Earlston, Jedburgh, Kelso, and Duns were trained in netball, child protection, and working with disabled athletes, in courses that consisted of practical and theory-based activity and provided a broad range of information and ideas for developing skills.

The course is part of a year-round programme of training opportunities open to volunteers, in particular senior high school pupils.

Assistant active schools manager Graeme Murdoch told TheSouthern: “Active Schools and PE departments now have leadership courses established in all secondary schools and the October holiday opportunities build on the excellent work already being carried out.

“Using senior pupils is a great way for both Active Schools and schools to engage with the wider community while using the values of sport and activity to encourage lifelong participation.”

Any senior pupil interested in volunteering within the Active Schools Programme should contact activeschools@bslt.org.uk or call 01896 759579.