Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes hosts Young Ambassadors sport conference

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Oxford Brookes recently hosted a conference in collaboration with specialist sports college King Alfred’s Academy and the Youth Sport Trust aimed at inspiring the young generation to lead the way in Physical Education and school sport. The conference was opened by England Rugby Union player Danielle Waterman who inspired the Sixth Form students by reliving the tale of the England Women’s Rugby World Cup success this summer. King Alfred’s ‘Platinum Young Ambassadors’, secondary school pupils identified as having exceptional leadership skills, also led the opening and closing ceremonies demonstrating excellent leadership. Brookes Primary Education students led workshops for Sixth Form Sports Leaders on how to include young people with physical and sensory learning needs.  They drew upon their knowledge, skills and understanding learnt from their week-long placement on fully inclusive physical education, competition and active lifestyles. Other workshops helped the Sixth Form students understand more about themselves as leaders and were led by Danielle and staff from the Youth Sport Trust. Carolyn Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, commented:
“Oxford Brookes Primary Education Students were delighted to be able to deliver an ‘Inclusion in PE’ workshop during this day.  Not only did it help them reinforce their own learning from PE seminars but it gave them a chance to practice teaching as if they were delivering a workshop to a group of colleagues. This is fantastic for their employability skills as OFSTED has a focus on how the PE and Sport premium funding in schools can make an impact on young people with special educational needs and disabilities and improve the quality of teaching of PE in general in Primary Schools.”