The students nominated as Sports Ambassadors take part in an induction where they discuss and learn what the role involves. THYSF has been appointed by the Youth Sport Trust to manage Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering programmes for the whole of East London for which we host a Young Ambassador Conference that draws young people from further afield than Tower Hamlets alone.
Our Young Ambassadors have a range of responsibilities which include supporting their PE Departments, running a sports competition in their own school and neighbouring Primary Schools, and leading a sports-themed assembly in a local Primary School.
At the end of their first year, Sports Ambassadors plan and deliver a multi-sport event grounded in Olympic and Paralympic values called the Tower Hamlets Values Games. At this event, the Sports Ambassadors bring a group of Year 9 students from their school to provide extra support. In this way they are able to play a role in selecting the Ambassadors for the following year.
Throughout year 11, the programme is rolled back to allow young people to concentrate on their academic studies during an important year of their school lives, although we ensure that optional opportunities are available for continued training and development, such as a programme which involves working with borough special schools and learning about inclusion and disability sport.
When the school exam period is over, THYSF runs a Community Sports Leaders (CSLA) Award exclusively for Tower Hamlets Sports Ambassadors which will qualify and equip them to graduate into the PETA programme.