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Medway's sporting heroes have their hard work recognised

Date: 04/07/2008           Category: Leisure

The achievements of Medway's talented sportsmen and women have been celebrated at an awards ceremony last Friday, 27 June. The 14 teenagers who successfully completed Medway Council's Sports Leadership Programme will be presented with certificates at a presentation at Fort Pitt Grammar School in Chatham. Guests included local councillors, representatives from Medway Council, friends and family. The programme recognises the hard work and commitment of the 16 to 18-year-olds who completed a 10-month youth development programme run by the council's Sports Development Team. The course gives young people the chance to develop their confidence, motivation and skills through a series of activities, including a six-day activity course in Dartmoor National Park. The active teenagers also took part in regular sporting activities including abseiling, rock climbing, sailing and skiing. During the course they completed a Sports Leaders UK Level Two Award in community sports leadership; attended a selection of Sports Coach UK workshops and a training course in emergency first aid. The programme is recognised by Sport England as an example of national best practice. The council's Portfolio Holder for Children's Services Cllr Les Wicks said: "These young people have demonstrated strong leadership qualities and should feel incredibly proud of their achievements." Pupils from Chatham's Bradfields School who completed a similar course will be presented with their awards on Thursday, 17 July at a separate ceremony. The next programme will start on October 18. For more information please contact Jon Rees, 01634 338765 or email jonathan.rees@medway.gov.uk