Peacock backs new summer school for sporting leaders

16th June 2016 10:40am - Return to press releases

Peacock backs new summer school for sporting leaders

Head of rugby Jamie Peacock MBE is backing a new concept from the Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust this year – a summer school for those looking to take their first steps towards a career in sport.
The Trust has joined forces with East Riding College to host a Sports Leaders Level One course at the KC Lightstream Stadium from July 25 to August 19, providing the ideal starting point for learners aged 16 to 19 who wish the develop their leadership skills.
The course will provide the foundation for a variety of pathways in rugby league and other sports and activities, with former Great Britain captain Peacock backing the scheme.

He said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for what my career in sport gave to me on and off the field.
“As an athlete, you push yourself as hard as you possibly can to achieve your ambitions for success, but playing or being involved in sport also goes a long way to developing the values that make you who you are as a person.
“Leadership, communication and teamwork can all be developed through sport and this course is a great opportunity for people who would like to work in sport to make their first steps.”

As well as receiving input and advice from Peacock, those taking part in the Sports Leaders Level One course will be guided through the qualification by the Trust’s staff, led by community coach Benn Hardcastle who currently plays for Newcastle Thunder. 
The syllabus is designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports or recreational situations, with learners needing to show their ability to lead others in simple sport or activity.
Experience in this area will be offered during the club’s rugby and dance camps over the summer when around 75 children aged from five to 12-years-old are expected to join the Robins for fun activities and the chance to improve their skills during the school holidays.

Hull KR Community Trust Manager Helen Schofield said: “We are really excited about the chance to team up with East Riding College to deliver this course to people in the local community.
“Sport in the city of Hull has never been stronger with local teams enjoying plenty of success at the moment. The ambition now has to be to use this to inspire the next generation and hopefully we can play our part in unearthing some new sporting leaders.”
Alison Gray, assistant director at the College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn the ropes in sports leadership and take their first steps towards a career in the sports industry.
“The summer school and the sports leaders qualification can open the door to more advanced courses and work experience in a wide variety of sport and leisure-related roles.”

Places on the club’s Summer School will be available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.
For more information or to apply, please contact Benn Hardcastle on 01482 780908 or email [email protected]

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