We offer our students an extensive sports leadership and volunteering programme through the Merton School Sports Partnership Leadership Academy. Schools within the partnership provide their students with the opportunity to be involved in the programme from Year 5 through to further education.
Key Stage 2 (Year 5/6) Leadership Academy
During the Autumn term most of the Merton primary schools begin to deliver their Year 5 Leadership Academies. Leaders will initially learn how to deliver a multi skills festival for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils within their school. The 2-hour introductory workshop will be delivered to all Year 5 pupils by one of our team (with support from the class teacher). Following the training, leaders should be confident to deliver a Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 multi skills festival with their teacher's support.
Schools will take the leaders through a six-lesson leadership unit where the students will learn all about the principles of how to be a good leader; health and safety; setting up multi skills activities; managing a group of children; encouraging participation and a range of playground games. Once the Year 5 leaders have completed the training they are then able to deliver lunchtime activities such as the Change for Life clubs to the Key Stage 1 pupils (with support from the school staff).
All leaders who complete the 6-week programme have the opportunity to build voluntary hours by assisting in a range of activities. They can do this through leading playground activities; assisting at after school clubs and helping with the organisation and delivery of their school sports day.
Leaders are rewarded for volunteering by achieving either a Bronze (3hrs), Silver (6hrs) or Gold (9hrs) Leadership Certificate. Certificates are supplied by the partnership at the request of the school.
We know how important it is for our young people to get experience in the world of work as they chose their path in life. At the partnership we provide work experience placements for young people that attend a school within the London Borough of Merton. Due to a high demand, applicants will only be considered if they have previously volunteered at a partnership event or if they are part of the MSSP Leadership Academy. During their time with MSSP, the students will gain experience in various sporting capacities such as sports coaching, event organisation/delivery and sports leadership.
Please see our Work Experience and Internship page for further information and opportunities.
The partnership provides a brilliant opportunity for some real grass roots development experience within school sport. Each academic year we recruit up to two new sports enthusiasts to join our team and provide sporting opportunities to the London Borough of Merton's school children.
Please see our Careers page for further information and opportunities.