A Sirius Academy sixth form student is celebrating after beating hundreds of fellow sports students to win a trip of a lifetime with the Youth Sport Trust to Maine in America.
As part of the Sirius Academy’s Sports Specialism Jordan Platten along with 3 other students were selected to attend the 2011 national Step into Sport Conference held at Loughborough University alongside other students from across the country.
The 4 day residential experience focuses on a personal journey for young people, helping them to grow, develop and feel a real sense of accomplishment through sport. The Camp helps the young people to develop their skills in communication, courage and compassion and improves their ability to be leaders and role models through highlighting the important role which role models can play in sport and how as a young volunteer they have a responsibility to live out the values of sporting ethics and conduct.
At the Camp they also experienced meaningful volunteer training where they were introduced into a range of different workforce roles (coaching, officiating, event management and team management), and were given the opportunity to achieve formal NGB accreditations.
At the end of the camp, four young people were identified for their demonstration of the skills of courage, compassion, communication and leadership.
Jordan was selected as the young leader who was able to utilise, adapt and refine a range of communication techniques that were appropriate to the situation and group.
The Maine trip will be a social, educational, cultural and sporting experience for Jordan, where she will learn about the different sporting and education systems, the American culture and will have the opportunity to develop her leadership skills through working with the other SIS Camp prize winners to deliver sporting sessions in American schools.
Jordan said: ‘ I had a great time at Loughborough and am really excited to get the chance to go and see what it is like in America, I can’t wait to bring back some ideas and experiences to pass on to others at the Academy’.
Jordan, who is currently studying for her BTEC National Diploma in Sport is hoping to gain a place at Leeds Met University to read Event Management.