International Leadership Week 2021

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Active Lichfield is celebrating its inspirational Getin2it volunteers and encouraging others to get involved this International Leadership Week. 

International Leadership Week is running from 22 to 26 November, which is an opportunity to celebrate volunteers, their achievements and promote the various roles of leaders.

Lichfield District Council’s Active Lichfield team is using the week to highlight its volunteers and coaches, and all the hard work they do to encourage young people aged 7 to 25 years to be more physically active across the district. 

Ryan Emms, a 19-year-old from Lichfield, became a multi sports volunteer when he was in sixth form and is now a coach. 

Of volunteering with Getin2it, Ryan said:

“The training was excellent as I was allowed to shadow working coaches, and was given more opportunities as I progressed, including taking coaching qualifications. 

“I am thoroughly enjoying my new role as a multi sports coach. While adapting to new sessions and people has not been without its challenges, the other coaches and staff have made it very easy to get support when needed and I’m beginning to lead sessions when possible.

“The most rewarding part of being a multi sports coach is seeing local children enjoy and participate in our sessions, and coming back each week for more. I love being able to show them all the different sports we have on offer without the need to buy expensive equipment or searching for places to play.”

Of his hope for the future, Ryan added:

“My aim is to become a good enough coach that I can progress children on through the local stages of competition and help them to find a passion with sports they may not be able to try very often at home or at school. I would also like to use a career in coaching to promote more physical activity in a world where there are so many possibilities for children.”

The council’s Active Lichfield team would like to encourage more young people who are interested in volunteering to get in touch. The programme offers experience in sessions, qualifications, a volunteer hour badge scheme, and a volunteer mentor programme.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, said:

“This Leadership Week it’s encouraging to hear Ryan’s positive experience of volunteering and going onto become a coach with Getin2it. His passion for coaching really shines through and I am sure he’s inspired lots of young people to achieve more in sports. 

“Volunteering with our Getin2it programme gives participants valuable experiences with a variety of sport sessions and events. Our team mentors volunteers along the way, and encourages them to gain qualifications and accreditations.” 

Anyone aged from 13 to 25 can volunteer with Getin2it. Find out more

Published: 22 November 2021