The Inclusive Futures programme, a Youth Sport Trust initiative supported by the Spirt of 2012 fund, has opened its ninth national hub in Leicester.
With the aim to improve the provisions and training given to young sports leaders, it focuses on ensuring sport has equal opportunities for anyone from any background or with any ability.
Open to all, the programme focuses specifically on leaders aged 14-19 to get them out into the community to support the good work already in progression, as well as supporting larger scale events.
Supported by elite athlete ambassadors, volunteers on the programme will get the opportunity to form part of the leadership council, a cohort led focus group where the young people will get an opportunity to voice their opinions and share experiences with other young leaders.
The programme is based at Ellesmere College and run with the support of Active Ellesmere and Leicester Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL). For any further questions regarding the delivery of the programme or enquiries about enrolment on Inclusive Futures, please don’t hesitate to contact Leicester Inclusive Futures coordinator Steph Tirrell.
Upcoming Training Dates
Regional camps are held regularly, the next camp is Friday 11th March 2016 at Ellesmere College
Those who display the most commitment and development throughout the programme will be invited to attend the Inclusive Futures National camp, held at Loughborough University in March 2016; a residential camp which will test their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the duration of the programme.
Leicester Regional Camp 2016 Report
The inaugural Leicester Inclusive Futures Regional Leadership camp was held on Friday 11th March. The leadership camp saw 65 young leaders from across Leicestershire attend a day inclusive sport training supported by Paralympian and Inclusive Futures Athlete Ambassador Kate Grey.
Led by John Duggan, Mark Beeby & Wayne Gudgeon and supported by 5 Young Ambassadors, the regional camp delivered a multitude of workshops which challenged the young volunteers thinking, allowed them to work with other likeminded people and supported their development as leaders, coaches, volunteers and officials.
The Inclusive Futures programme is a Youth Sport Trust initiative, funded by the Spirit of 2012, which focuses on increasing the participation and provisions of sports volunteers, regardless of age, ability, disability, gender, background or experience. The programme looks to support the development of leaders and volunteers through continual support, CPD opportunities and placements within a community and after-school setting.
If you would like further information regarding the Inclusive Futures programme or to get involved, please contact Steph Tirrell- Leicester Inclusive Futures Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Inclusive Futures National Leadership Camp 2016 Report
The National Inclusive Futures leadership camp took place over the weekend of 18th-20th March at Loughborough University. The camp was designed to bring together the best leaders from the 9 host cities throughout Great Britain for a weekend of leadership workshops, personal development and an opportunity to learn off others.
A cohort of 15 leaders from across Leicestershire & Rutland were selected for the camp, including two leadership mentors. The volunteers were mixed into 6 groups representing the Paralympic qualities and were supported by an Athlete Ambassador from the Youth Sport Trust.
Opened and Closed by Baroness Sue Campbell, head of the Youth Sport Trust the weekend saw each volunteer undergo a phenomenal transformation, whether it be in their experiences and knowledge of inclusive sports provision, or simply within their confidence.
At the end of the weekend the Youth Sport Trust gave out 4 awards, with Leicester volunteer Curtis French being named as the volunteer of the weekend. He had been identified to incorporate the values of Inclusive Futures and went above and beyond in his leadership by supporting his fellow volunteers throughout.
All of the Leicester Inclusive Futures volunteers should be very proud of what they’ve achieved over this weekend and of how far they’ve come in such a short space of time.