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Rotherham's young 'Go for Gold'

23 August 2012

A summer project run by Rotherham United Football Community Sports Trust (RUFC) and the National Citizen Service (NCS)

A summer project run by Rotherham United Football Community Sports Trust (RUFC) and the National Citizen Service (NCS) with support from Parkgate Shopping came to fruition with a packed day of sports where some of Rotherham’s finest young sportspeople were put through their paces.

The “Games for Gold” were devised and organised by a group of 16-year olds who had just completed their GCSEs and had enrolled on the NCS course to gain teambuilding and leadership skills as well as have fun and meet other young people in a safe and structured environment.

During the course of a very full and active day, the youngsters competed in a host of games including sprinting, an obstacle race, penalty shoot-out and a football tournament as well as several novelty races. The day ended with a prize giving ceremony.

The Group’s spokesperson, Chloe Staniforth, a pupil at Wickersley School, said: “This has been a fantastic experience for all of us, testing our abilities to organise, communicate and plan. It is definitely a great asset for our CVs.”

The group was supervised by Community Sports Trust Coach, Adam Taylor, who remarked: “ The key to the success of this project is always how well and quickly the group bonds together, and I am pleased to say that these young people showed a great desire to make a success of the experience, and really worked hard as a team.”

Billy Smith from Parkgate attended the day’s events and presented the trophies and medals. He said: “It was a pleasure to see so much accomplished in one day, and to see the smiling faces of both the competitors and organisers. But above all the event proved how responsible the 16 year olds are, and how they had absorbed all the skills that Adam and his team had delivered.”

the opportunity to get ahead by having fresh experiences and learning new skills that are valuable to employers and further education organisations, such as leadership and team building. It is also a chance to have fun and meet other young people in a safe and structured environment. 


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