22.06.2015

Sports Leaders Awards for MOY Students

David Price of Pen Y Dre Comprehensive, with Deputy Head Vikki Prosser and School Community Police Officer PC Wayne Matthews.

Noami Mahoney and Shannon Lambe of Bishop Hedley RC High, with Helen Knee and School Community Police Officer PC Angela Rogers.

Dylan Hill of Cyfarthfa Comprehensive School, with Head of Year 9 James Edwards and School Community Police Officer PC Wayne Matthews.

David John Morgan from Afon Taf Comprehensive, with Head of Year 7 David Husband and School Community Police Officer PC Angela Rogers.

Josh Elkins of Tonyrefail Comprehensive, with School Community Police Officer PC Martin Williams, along with Emma and Elaine Elkins.

Daniel Hope of Amman Valley School, with School Community Police Officer PC Kevin Jones, Assistant Heacher Mrs Eryl Roberts and Headteacher Mr Stephen Perks.

Chantelle Davies and Brionni Bridgeman of Michaelston Community College, with School Community Police Officer PC Nigel Pope and Mrs Rebecca Chadwick and Mrs Di Higgs.

Following their dedication and hard work during the All Wales School Liaison Core’s Programme’s Motivating Our Youth (MOY) last summer, ten 13 year old pupils from Gwent, South Wales and Dyfed Powys were selected to take part in follow up events such as a PG10 Coaching Development Day, which took place at the GOL Centre, Merthyr Leisure Park in Merthyr on the 30th March.

Selected to take part in the day was David Price of Pen Y Dre Comprehensive, Noami Mahoney and Shannon Lambe of Bishop Hedley RC High, Dylan Hill of Cyfarthfa Comprehensive School, David John Morgan from Afon Taf Comprehensive, Josh Elkins of Tonyrefail Comprehensive, Daniel Hope of Amman Valley School, Chantelle Davies and Brionni Bridgeman of Michaelston Community College and Jordanah Huxstable from Lliswerry High.

South Wales School Community Police Office, PC Ricky Bennett, who was one of the School Community Police Officers who supported the students during the development day said, “The pupils selected for the day were those who had shown improvement, exceptional good behaviour and attitude during our MOY weeks. They demonstrated good team work and were selected to attend the PG10 Day.”

The leader for the day was Neville Southall, ex-Welsh football international, and one of the highest decorated Welsh footballers of all time. During the day the pupils completed classroom work activities, which involved team building and leadership exercises. This contributed to the practical afternoon football session where the pupils planned a football coaching activity and then had to coach the other groups. This task meant each group had to work as part of a team and lead a session with each member taking a leadership role. The role meant that they had to make the activity fun, fair and had to accommodate each individual’s needs and abilities.

The pupils showed key skills in team work and all achieved their awards with flying colours! All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and provided positive feedback of their experience, many asking to be involved in any further days or activities! Each pupil has been awarded an Accredited Sports Leaders Award to award them for taking the opportunity to take part and learn.

Neville Southall said: "These children have amazing potential and from what I have seen they will make fantastic individuals who can achieve anything they put their minds to. They were a pleasure to work with."

National Coordinator of the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme, Faith McCready said, "I am very proud of the achievements of these young people who participated in MOY. They were a credit to their schools. Having the opportunity to work with School Community Police Officers has enabled them to achieve a qualification which they will find of value in the future. Well done and congratulations!"

As a thank you for taking part, the selected students have been presented with certificates for their Sports Leaders Awards from their School Community Police Officers. A huge thank you to the pupils for their participation in the project and their engagement with the Police over the summer for MOY and the PG10 Coaching Development Day. They should be very proud of themselves for everything they have achieved from the project.