Recognition for top sporting volunteers

Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Tudor Road, Sudbury
Sports Leaders Y9 students Harrison Bonner and Cassie Ayling
Picture Mark Westley ANL-161210-190308009
Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Tudor Road, Sudbury Sports Leaders Y9 students Harrison Bonner and Cassie Ayling Picture Mark Westley ANL-161210-190308009

Two talented students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy (OSA) have been recognised for their outstanding leadership skills by Suffolk Sport.

Cassie Ayling and Harrison Bonner, both 13, have both been selected by the organisation to take up the role of Topleader Ambassadors.

They will now have the opportunity to work with leaders from around the county, helping to shape the future of Sport and PE in schools.

They were selected based on the outstanding leadership qualities they have shown in OSA’s leadership academy and through their coaching work outside of school.

School games organiser, Chris Heath said: “At Ormiston Sudbury Academy, we are committed to being at the heart of the local community we serve and delivering our students the very best extra-curricular activities.

“This appointment really is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work they have put in.

“Both students are extremely excited and looking forward to meeting other students from all over Suffolk.”

Topleader is aimed at providing young people a formal way of recording their volunteer hours at the same time offering them a link into community volunteering and a voice in the future of sports education.

The Sudbury students’ main roles will include advocating for the programme amongst peers, attending meetings to discuss relevant youth-related topics and having a role in shaping the future of the new Sport England strategy.

They will also gain the opportunity to develop their leadership skills further by leading Topleader camp training days.

Mr Heath added: “We have more than 30 leaders, who have amassed a combined 400 hours of sports volunteering at Ormiston Sudbury.

“All the leaders work as a team to organise sports events for local primary schools and are part of the Topleader initiative.

“Students, as part of the OSA leadership academy, also have the chance to complete two nationally recognised qualifications in rugby and tennis leadership to help develop their CV’s.

“This is just one of many ways we are providing students with the opportunities and skills that will help them succeed in life.”