Children from Preston have been developing their leadership and employability skills, supporting the Tri Golf Competition as part of the SPAR Lancashire School Games.
Held on Wednesday 3rd April at Preston College, 140 children took part in the Tri Golf Competition with equal numbers of boys and girls representing each school.
Bringing together 14 schools from the Preston district, 10 student volunteers helped to support the event, acting as trainee officials and helping to organise and host the event.
Harriet Ascroft, Lancashire schools games organiser for Preston said: “The Skills for life Ambassadors programme is a fantastic opportunity for pupils and something that they can use within their studies and future work opportunities.
“The volunteers act as source trainee officials who help referee matches, as well as supporting the organisation and hosting on the day. Bringing together a number of schools can bring its challenges, and the students really help with record keeping, scoring player’s performances and then adding results together and announcing overall winners.”
The Tri Golf Competition was a Level 2 event, held for Years 3 & 4, and St Andrews took the competition’s overall prize, with second place going to Queen’s Drive and third to Broughton Primary School.
A total of 7 engaging, golfing activities were delivered by the volunteers and schools games organisers, including; Grand National, Drive for the Show, Put for Dough, Finders Keepers, Bullseye, Dominoes, Tunnel Ball and Zone Ball.
The Tri Golf Competition’s volunteers were Year 6 pupils from Sherwood Primary School.
Harriet added: “The Skills for Life Ambassadors scheme is one that is used across the 16 districts represented in the SPAR Lancashire School Games, and pupils have the unique opportunity to develop referee, coaching, public relations and event management skills.
“Volunteering with the SPAR Lancashire School Games is a brilliant way of helping young people with their personal development and confidence, and provides a glimpse into the career opportunities available within sport, coaching, event management and public relations.”
The winning team from St. Andrews received SPAR Lancashire School Games merchandise, including t-shirts, bags and re-usable water bottles, and will now go forward to represent Preston in July’s county finals, held at Stanley Park, Blackpool on July 2nd.
Gold: St Andrew’s
2nd: Queen’s Drive