Our annual Sheer SKILL programmes for schools and community began at the end of September. Following on from another successful year last year, we have 55 enthusiastic young leaders from across Belfast participating in the two programmes this year.
This programme funded by the Northern Ireland Executive T:BUC aims at engaging with a diverse group of teenagers regardless of their religious, educational or racial background to shape young leaders. We have students from St. Louises College, Boy's Model, Trinity College, Rathmore Grammar and Hazelwood Integrated College participating on the School's programme as well as a teens from a range of areas in Belfast on our Community programme.
So far, both groups have taken part in activities at Belfast Activity Centre where they had a choice of caving or climbing. This was a great way for everyone to get to know each other as trust games were involved with both activities.
Sports Leaders sessions have taken place. With this, BCSDN Facilitators demonstrate and challenge the participants about the behaviours and skills that are required to be a positive leaders/coach.
More recently, our Sheer SKILLER'S have added a number of valuable qualifications to their CV's! They have completed Disability Sport NI training where they have been shown ways to lead sessions with visually impaired and physically disabled participants. Cricket Ireland have led a Cricket Fundamentals session and they have also gained essential Heart Start first aid training!
This is all building towards our young leaders leading their own session of primary school children at the end of the programmes! Wednesday's just can't come quick enough! #SheerSKILL #Classof2018