KILKENNY RECREATION AND SPORTS PARTNERSHIP
Our Transition Year group were lucky enough to work with the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership to achieve their Leadership Certificates. The class took part in a 10 week course with their tutor Aine from the Sports Partnership. Throughout this course the students investigated the behaviours and skills that are required to become a leader. This was a dynamic course testing a range of abilities for each student. On completion of the course, the aim for successful leaders is to be able to:
- Understand their role as a leader and how they will apply it within a group setting
- Display an ability to plan and lead a fun physical activity session demonstrating leadership skills such as communication, observation and group management
- Demonstrate an ability to safely lead a group
The students first task was to teach their peers. This was a daunting experience at the start as the students worked up the courage to plan and implement their own sports session. Students prepared well for this task and displayed their confidence and leadership as they stepped up to the challenge.
Following on from this the students had to individually prepare a presentation of a lesson they would lead. This required students to apply their knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead a safe and enjoyable activity sessions for small groups.
The final practical challenge for the group was to organise a sports day for the junior students in the school and lead them through a range of activities. This allowed the students to display their knowledge and enthusiasm for their chosen activity. At this stage in the course the students felt successfully equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead the physical activity sessions. Each student embraced the task and demonstrated their individual leadership abilities.
Finally the students completed a written booklet where they recorded all their tasks and reflected on their learning. This allowed students to evaluate their strengths and areas for improvement. This self-assessment process allowed students to acknowledge their learning to date and areas that they wanted to develop further.
The intended outcome of the course is that the trainee leader will be competent and confident in taking charge of a group for physical activity sessions. This has certainly been the case and students were delighted to receive their certificates of achievement from the Sports Partnership at an awards ceremony in the Watershed. Two students, Michael Balici and Tracey O’Reilly received a Spirit Award for their demonstration of hard work and commitment to the course. They were efficient in their execution of leading groups and displayed exemplary skills and behaviours of a leader.
Congratulations to all students involved and a massive thank you to all the staff at KRSP.