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After a forced pause, due to Covid, of the inspire+ Sports Leadership Academy (SLA) we were pleased to finally welcome back young people from local secondary schools to our SLA.

inspire+ were pleased to be able to run our annual launch event which saw Year 9 students attending on Monday 4th October at The Priory Ruskin Academy. This event different slightly from normal as we invited year 10 students who did not have a launch last year. This meant that we had a total of 123 students attend the evening from The Priory Ruskin Academy, Walton Academy, Kesteven Girls Grammar School and The King’s School. The students learnt more about the SLA and what they can hope to gain from their time on the academy.

Following on from this event we held two days of Skills Camps on 27th and 28th October, these dates allowed leaders to be trained in sports specific skills that they would need in order to help run the local sports festivals for primary schools. The students gained training in Indoor Athletics, Cheerleading, Rugby and Inclusive Sports, to name but a few. These training days also covered important information regarding safeguarding. We were blown away in having 109 students attend over the two days of camps.

The SLA offers students from year 9 to year 13 the opportunity to gain nationally recognised sports qualifications, the skills of which can be used in all walks of life. Along with the qualifications these amazing students play a vital role in helping at local sports festivals for primary schools, community events as well as helping at inspire+ events such as the Mini Olympics. These volunteering opportunities offer the students a chance to gain critical experiences that they can take with them into adulthood.