Future Sports Leaders

A winning team: Young leaders Matthew Cotter (pictured left) of Arthur Terry School and William Moore, of Plantsbrook School, with Mel Clarke, Great Britain Paralympian and London 2012 silver medallist. A talented student from the Arthur Terry School has been chosen to take part in a Birmingham wide scheme to train the next generation of sports leaders and coaches. Matthew Cotter (Year 10) has been accepted into this year’s Birmingham Young Coach Academy. This is an exciting opportunity for him to join other young sports leaders / coaches from across the city to take part in training and placements in sports coaching. On Wednesday 27 January Matthew attended the Youth Sport’s Trust ‘Step into sport’ camp which is aimed at bringing young coaches from across the city from able bodied and S.E.N.D backgrounds to work together to learn about being inclusive in their approach to coaching and sports leadership. He started his journey to sports leadership by assisting Arthur Terry School PE teacher, Keith Stonebridge (winner of the Lifetime Achievement award in this year’s Sutton Sports Awards). Matthew said: “I’m really happy to have been selected. It’s a great opportunity for me to develop my coaching skills and to work with some experienced coaches and leaders. Meeting Mel Clarke was fantastic – she’s so inspirational. I hope to be able to inspire others to success too.” The Young Coach Academy is part of a National initiative led by Youth Sport Trust to try and increase and encourage more young people into coaching and volunteering. There will be over 100 academies across the country training and developing young people to become young coaches. The main aim is to provide each student with a placement opportunity at a community sports club in the local area. The aim is that young people will experience new sports to enhance coaching knowledge and receive mentoring from experienced coaches to support development. The young coaches will undertake ‘coaching philosophy, honesty and ethics’ training as well as practical coaching training and opportunities to practise this during a Gifted and Talented primary schools’ holiday camp as well as through their placement. Richard Gill and Neil Warner, headteachers of the Arthur Terry School, said: “Congratulations to Matthew and everybody who was selected to take part in this fantastic initiative. This is a superb opportunity to bring forward future sports leaders and coaches and we look forward to following Matthew’s progress.”