This weekend, 49 trainee leaders took part in their first training weekend of the leadership year. The leaders were aged 14-16 and complete the nationally accredited Level 1 and 2 Awards in Sports Leadership with Sports Leaders UK.
The theme for the weekend was ‘leading with a purpose’ allowing the young leaders to explore the reasons of why they would need this programme, the skills and the experiences.
Thursday night’s introduction programme had participants playing games and completing challenges that focused on developing core leadership skills like teamwork, communication and problem solving.
On Friday everyone took part in sports course time sessions in the morning and a Shabbat programme from late afternoon. The group’s evening programme was a fun quiz that explored the different pathways that leadership can take them on.
Saturday morning started with fitness sessions for different demographics. One of the sessions looked at how to make basic changes to a standard fitness class so that it can accommodate a variety of people with autism. The others looked at fun engagement with children, team building with adults in the workplace, and how to facilitate a walking football class for 65 – 80 year olds.
On Friday and Saturday evening, participants had Leadership 411 - an educational open forum session that looks at taboo topics in the framework of being a role model and a leader. One of the sessions focused on the effect Antisemitism could have on them as young Jews. Some of our leaders who had been on our Jewish Identity trip to Budapest in October told their peers of how the trip showed them the importance of being an upstander in society and ensuring that everyone feels welcome, included and accepted.
On every Leadership weekend after Havdallah, the group takes part in a Dragons Den style Balloon Debate. This weekend’s brief was for a brand new Hands on Event. Hands on Events are split into three parts – specialised training, planning and then delivering to a chosen part of the community. There were two winning groups. The first had the idea of working with visually impaired people within the community. The second pitched about creating an after school club in their local Jewish primary schools where they would help students with homework and personal development skills like the Streetwise personal development sessions, e.g. bullying and friendship building. The programme is a fantastic way to understand what the young leaders want, to practice presentation skills and to work in teams.
The weekend ended with the Level 2 groups’ assessments. They spent time over the weekend planning activities and making resources for Sunday. The group had to create fun active sessions for their peers that had a prominent ‘Disney Effect’ – bringing a theme to life.
The stand out assessment was a parody of the General Election. Instead of political parties, they used hobbies as the drive for each party, e.g. movie party or sport party. In their activities they created plans that were based off their chosen party but also linking it to politics and so teaching their peers about current affairs in a fun and light hearted way.
The next weekend will be 13th – 15th March for all course groups.