Children take the lead on development course

A groundbreaking course is teaching children to become leaders of the future.

One In A Million charity launched its first ‘Sports Leaders’ Young Leader Award on April 6 and showed 17 young people how to lead games and activities for uniformed organisations, community clubs and sports clubs.

The two-day course included classroom time looking at what is a leader, followed by indoor and outdoor tasks focusing on inclusive participation, communication, creating activities and how to use space.


Eight pupils from OIAM’s Free School were on the course with nine others from the 5 community hubs the charity works in across the Bradford district.

Bayleigh Throp, 11, who attends the Windhill Community Hub said that as a result of the training, which took place at OIAM Free School, he was able to set up safe and fun activities at the Community Kidz Club that he attends in Windhill, Shipley.

OIAM Free School student, Annayah Charles, 12, added, “its not just about taking part in activities but its about helping others progress (in their learning) as well”.

As well as developing leadership skills, the Young Leader Award also aims to help young people build confidence and self-esteem as they take on responsibility of leading their peers and younger children.


OIAM community manager Jonathan Martin said: “This was our pilot programme. Due to the uptake for places, combined with enjoyment the young people had, we are excited that this provides an excellent platform for us to build upon for future developments in the summer terms.”

A Community Sports Leaders Level 2 course is being planned for the summer holidays.  To get information on future courses please contact Helen Thornton on 01274 723439, email

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