Old Buckenham school receives sports leaders award

Old Buckenham High School celebrate becoming a Sports Leadership Academy.John Maiden from SPorts Lea

Old Buckenham High School celebrate becoming a Sports Leadership Academy.John Maiden from SPorts Leaders UK (grey suit) presents to Ed Taylor. With them are students, Head Teacher Aron Whiles and Kimberley Fearn. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A south Norfolk high school has been recognised for its contribution to leadership development in its community.

Old Buckenham was praised for its good practice by Sports Leaders UK which granted Leadership Academy status and marked the occasion with a plaque yesterday.

The school was commended for developing a range of creative initiatives including training year 10s to enable them to deliver sports to local primary school children. Sports Leaders UK is a charity that changes lives by equipping people with the skills and motivation to create and run sporting activities in the community. The leadership skills also prepare learners for further education or employment.

Ed Taylor, centre course manager at Old Buckenham High School said: 'We have established strong links within our community, and are able to offer our learners a variety of hands-on opportunities to develop their leadership skills. It provides a great foundation for further education and employment.'

Linda Plowright, chief executive at Sports Leaders UK said: 'Leadership Academy status is only awarded to the centres that stand out as beacons of best practice. They offer clear education pathways and their qualifications and awards are open to all, including those with learning or physical difficulties. It makes education and acquiring leadership skills accessible to everyone in their community.'

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