During the school summer holidays, Leek’s first ever Royal Life Saving Society Young Leader course ran at Brough Park Leisure Centre.
Hosted by Steven Millward, the leisure centre’s rookie lifeguard teacher, the award provides young people with a great opportunity to develop fundamental leadership skills in a safe, familiar environment alongside a qualified trainer.
The course saw nine children experience an enlightening and fun week, learning about what makes a good leader, sharing their thoughts and ideas with each other from experiences they have had or been involved in.
Each child completed individual log books and worked in teams during pool activities. The course ultimately required participants to plan their own swimming session, each having a turn coaching their group, giving feedback during their session, with the group feeding back afterwards.
Teacher, Steven Millward was thrilled with the enthusiasm the children put into planning and delivering their sessions. They excelled in creating their own events, gaining in confidence as the week progressed and were especially fond of instructing each other on what to do.
After the course, when the participants were asked what they thought of the course, George Salt comment: “It was clever how we got teach everyone, and interesting learning how to teach. I wasn't too sure at first if I could do the course, but as the week went on I got better and now I know that I can!” The course also proved popular with the others who took part, with positive comments such as: “It was really fun and I recommend it” and “The course was exciting and informative.”
Steven Millward commented, “It was the most rewarding experience of my teaching career to date! I look forward to completing more of these courses with the continuing support of Brough Park Leisure Centre.”
The next Lifesaving Young Leader course at Brough Park Leisure Centre will be throughout October half-term. To book a place or for more information, please contact us HERE or call 01538 373603.