Over the last two months our National team have been working closely with the South West team to roll out our SSF Young Leaders programme across the North Ayrshire locality.
During this time,SSF Young Leaders coordinator, Kirsty Strang, has been working closely with sessional staff and young people to gauge their interest around the new SSF Young Leaders programme.
This has included working closely with the SSF South West team to draft up a new strategy for the recruitment of SSF Young Leaders to ensure we reach the maximum amount of young people within each area. We have now incorporated referral routes into the programme both through internal SSF programmes and working collaboratively with community partners to offer these opportunities to young people within their reach.
During this time SSF have worked closely with the local Active Schools team to come up with a joint approach to the SSF Young Leaders programme, which avoids duplication and provides added benefit to the existing leadership programmes offered through Active Schools throughout North Ayrshire.
After an extended period of time promoting the upcoming SSF Young Leaders recruitment, SSF staff hosted two induction night’sat the start of March, which was attended by over 34 young people from across the local authority area. Many young people were referred by key partners such as the Active Schools team as they all demonstrated a desire to take on more of a leadership role within their communities, and to develop themselves through additional training and accreditations offered by Scottish Sports Futures. Since starting the programme in March, the SSF Young Leaders have completed an accredited ETC communication module, and will continue to undertake multiple training opportunities over the coming months.
With the recruitment and induction process now well underway, focus will now shift towards conducting personalised development plans for each young person and providing tailored support and supervision as they continue on their leadership journey within their communities. SSF staff are currently working with community partners to identify opportunities for community volunteering and allowing our young people to gain real life skills and experiences, which will benefit them in the long term as they progress through the SSF Young Leaders programme.