Volunteering in Schools

Volunteering in Schools

A Young Ambassador is a volunteer who helps motivate people by creating opportunities to learn new skills, and have fun teaching. Becoming a Young Ambassador doesn’t just help other people become healthier, it also builds confidence and knowledge to do what you love – inspiring the next generation of young people to become more active, more often.

Bronze Young Ambassadors

This is the first step for any budding young sports leader to join the leadership pathway.

Who can be a Bronze Ambassador?

Primary school pupils in years 5 & 6 can become an Ambassador.

How do they become an Ambassador?

They could be selected by their teacher or nominated by their peers for being good sporting role models.

What does a Bronze Ambassador do?

• Plan and deliver extra-curricular clubs for Foundation Phase up to Yrs 6
• Update school sport notice board and website
• Promote existing and new sport clubs within the school
• Speak in school assembly and to school governors about the benefits of physical activity

What training and support do they get?

• BYA training day
• Ongoing support and mentoring

Bronze+ Young Ambassadors

Who can be a Bronze Plus Young Ambassadors:

• KS3 pupils; usually, but not exclusively those who were Bronze Young Ambassadors in primary school. They promote sessions, assist with delivery and can sit on the School Sports Council.

How do they become Bronze Plus Young Ambassadors?

• The Participate Officer will hold an open meeting after the February half-term to ascertain interest. Notices will be in registration, assemblies and on noticeboards to alert pupils to the meeting.
• We don’t want to deter any future leaders so there is no maximum number. At the first meeting pupils will be given a task to complete.
o Task: What can you do in your school to get people active? Meet back in the same place next week to hand in the answers.
• Those who return the task to a high standard and on time will become Bronze Plus Young Ambassadors.What does a Bronze Plus Young Ambassadors do?
• They are the pupils’ voice. Promoting physical activity amongst their year group, encouraging their peers to take part; finding out what they like and what they don’t like and working with the school and the Participate Officer to ensure the pupil voice is heard and actioned.
• Roles will be identified during March and April following discussion with the PE department and delegated according to pupils strengths: It could be surveying their year group, taking registers, sorting equipment, sitting on the sports council or social media and marketing. Whatever their role they will have clear tasks with completion dates and targets.

What Training and support to they get:

• There will be leadership workshops for the YAs to attend at lunchtime and in the school holidays.
• Fortnightly meetings with the Participate Officer to support and mentor them
• B+YAs will be asked to complete a registration form, which will include parental consents.

Silver Ambassadors

Who can be a Silver Young Ambassadors:

• Year 9 to 13 pupils.

How do they become Silver Young Ambassadors?

• After the February half-term, the Participate Officer will speak in a Year 9 and a KS4 assembly about the Young Ambassador scheme, explaining the relationship between this and Welsh Bac, DofE, etc..
• There will be a short open meeting for anyone interested in the role, specifically inviting those who have been recommended by the school where they will be set a short task.

What does a Silver Young Ambassadors do?

• They are the pupils’ voice. Taking a whole school approach to getting more people, more active, more often.
• Roles will be identified during March and April following discussion with the PE department and delegated according to pupils strengths: It could be delivering extra-curricular sessions, supporting PE lessons, mentoring B+YAs, helping to complete and action the School Sport Survey Action plan, helping pupils complete the School Sport Survey, taking registers, sorting equipment, sitting on the sports council or social media and marketing. Whatever their role they will have clear tasks with completion dates and targets.
• Regular meetings with the Participate Officer to support and mentor them
• Silver Young Ambassadors will complete a registration form, which will include parental consents.

What Training and support to they get?

• Training will take place in the Easter holiday. The training will include leadership training, an introduction to coaching and clarity around roles and responsibilities along with an opportunity for action planning in line with the Schools School Sport survey action plan.
• They receive 2 mentor sessions a term and regular engagement with the Officer throughout the academic year

Gold Ambassadors

Who can be a Gold Young Ambassadors:

• Gold Young Ambassadors: Year 10 -13

How do they become Gold Young Ambassadors?

• In March of each year there will be a formal recruitment process where applications will be invited and applicants shortlisted will be interviewed. We aim to have a Gold Young Ambassador in each secondary school.

What does a Gold Young Ambassadors do?

• They promote and inspire, leading the YA program across Carmarthenshire.
• They will lead the YA team within their school, create and deliver training to lower level YAs, attend events and public speaking, and create and deliver county wide projects that get more people, more active, more often.
• Monthly meetings with the Participate Officer and with the Gold YA team.
• Gold Young Ambassadors will complete a registration form, with parental consent.

What Training and support to they get?

• Training will take place in the Easter holiday. The training will include leadership training, an introduction to coaching and clarity around roles and responsibilities along with some additional training through the year.
• They will be invited to attend a National conference in October
• The Participate Officers will mentor the GYAs throughout their time in post.

Platinum Ambassadors

This is national recruitment lead by the Youth Sport Trust. If successful, the Platinum YA will become part of the national steering group and work with the Local Authority at a strategic level to ensure pupil voice is heard and actioned. The program offers a range of exciting opportunities to make a different to sport in Wales.