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MYG DigiLeaders

Mini Youth Games DigiLeaders logoThis new programme uses the excitement of the Mini Youth Games to develop and inspire young DigiLeaders across Medway’s primary schools.

The project brings the MYG experience to a wider audience and empowers a select team of Year 4, 5, and 6 pupils to document their school’s involvement in the Games through new technologies.

Each participating school can send 12 pupils to our annual DigiLeaders' conference day at the start of the academic year. This DigiLeaders at Swimmingevent will equip them with a breadth of knowledge ready for MYG event-day workshops and in-school media activities.

On MYG event days, four DigiLeaders per school get to attend one of three full-day workshops and use their knowledge at a live sporting event.DigiLeaders with the KM photographer

Each event day will have a focus on one of three aspects of digital leadership – reporting, photography and social media. 

Leaders have access to iPads and dedicated MYG DigiLeaders Twitter, Instagram and Periscope accounts. The leaders are then set a challenge that they need to undertake back in school.

"Have had an amazing experience #bestdayever. Thank you Medway Sport."  Emilie & RhysCliffe Woods DigiLeaders selfie

“It was a privilege to be taught all the tips and tricks of photography. An exciting and enjoyable day, thanks to the MYG Team.”  Maddie and Poppy, Cliffe Woods .

The charge for a school to participate in the Mini Youth Games DigiLeaders Programme is £250 per school for the academic year.

For more information and to get involved email john.hatchett@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 338763.


DigiLeaders visit the KM Group Head Office

The MYG DigiLeaders got to experience a real-life newsroom on a visit to the Kent Messenger Group head office in Medway.

The budding young journalists learned from Medway Messenger reporters, editors and photographers, as well as the online team and the kmfm radio presenters.

Here are their reports on their visit:


Hempstead Junior School:

Hempstead Junior School DigiLeaders at the KM OfficeYesterday, we were lucky enough to visit Kent Messenger headquarters, located by the River Medway.

Six of us, who are DigiLeaders at our school, attended to learn a number of things: how to edit a newspaper report, how KM online works, an insight into how to report on sport and how KMFM broadcasts to the county.

We all found the experience fascinating - certainly gaining some tips to use for when we are going to be working at the forthcoming Mini Youth Games events.

“It was a great morning… maybe we could start our own newspaper in school?” exclaimed Joe Conner, one of the children who visited.


St Benedict's Catholic Primary School:

Pupils meet people of the pressSt Benedict's DigiLeaders at the KM office

Reporting, tweeting and photographing are just some important aspects to a working newsroom. 

We witnessed how fast-paced reporters need to be to catch events in our area.  Sports reporter Luke commented “multi-tasking is key.”

During our visit, we realised that capturing interesting images relating to the news, monitoring Google analytics to measure statistics, producing three newspapers a week, constantly updating live news feeds, travelling to sporting events, promoting an online TV station and maintaining a popular, praise-worthy radio station means the KM Media Group is a hub of constant activity and we thoroughly enjoyed our insightful visit.  We learnt plenty!


Cliffe Woods Primary School:Cliffe Woods primary school MYG DigiLeaders

We entered the Kent Messenger building with a warm welcome from Helen and Jon. We were so thrilled that we were invited to come and we were eager to learn more about how they work around their office and at events.

We thought it was very interesting in the kmfm studio and would love to have the opportunity to come again.