Once children reach year 5 and 6, they have the opportunity to become a Sports Leader, which brings great responsibility and enjoyment. The position has been developed over the last four years into one which allows children to become role models within the school as well as developing their basic coaching skills in a range of sports.
Children who want to become a Sports Leader have to show good sporting ability but also skills in leadership, responsibility, time management, team work, organisation and teamwork. They have to complete an application form and be interviewed by the schools Sports Coach.
The role of a Sports Leader gives them the opportunity to work alongside our lunchtime support staff to deliver sports activity sessions at dinner time. Their job is to initiate games with children at St John's. They help set up the right equipment for each game, keep track of scores, help referee, sort out the teams and tidy away when the bell goes for end of lunch.
They help the Lunchtime Supervisors make dinner times fun and enjoyable. When children are actively engaged in activities behaviour improves and the playground is a fun and harmonious place to be. Each Leader is allocated a number of lunch times per week in which they are responsible for organising and running physical activities of their choice. They also got the opportunity to support with the running of after school clubs and at sporting events.
Sports Leader all receive training to develop their confidence and subject knowledge. The aim is to provide all children at St John's with more opportunities to take part in physical activity and to develop fundamental skills that will help them in P.E and sport.