Over fifty pupils from each of Monmouthshire’s primary schools attended a one day conference at County Hall, Usk on Tuesday, 17th October to generate new ideas to get children hooked on sport and to share good practice.  The conference gave children the opportunity to mix with others from a variety of schools with an aim of establishing a Bronze Young Ambassador Team for the county.

The Bronze Young Ambassadors programme is an exciting sports leadership scheme that offers children in Year Six the chance to develop their skills and provides them with the knowledge to be an ambassador for PE and school sport.  Bronze Young Ambassadors are charged with increasing participation in sport and physical activity as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle (including healthy eating) and the positive values of sport and physical activity.  In addition, they are role models, advocating PE and school sport and representing their fellow pupils’ voices.

In many schools the role is held in the same esteem as a head girl or boy and the holder will form a vital link between students, teachers and the council’s sports development officers.  Monmouthshire’s sport development team is also training the county’s Year Five pupils to support Bronze Young Ambassadors and it aims to develop leadership teams in all primary schools.  Monmouthshire is the first Welsh local authority to deliver the Sport Leaders UK Playmaker award on this scale – over a thousand children will gain the award this term.

The conference involved discussions in the council chamber followed by physical activities later in the afternoon.

Councillor Bob Greenland, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “We’re particularly proud of our contribution towards increasing interest in sport and delighted to host a gathering today bringing together representatives from each of the county’s primary schools.  The Bronze Young Ambassadors programme is in line with our ethos of encouraging sport for enjoyment, building confidence and teamwork and investment in health.”