Case Study - YA Joshua Roberts
Joshua’s Young Ambassador Story
Josh is a student at Ysgol Maesydderwen in Ystradgynlais and has progressed from a Bronze Young Ambassador to a Bronze Plus, Silver and now Gold Young Ambassador. Josh got involved in the YA programme because he wanted to gain leadership skills so that he could lead groups of young people and have an impact on them.
“I just think it’s really cool that you can have such an impact on those that didn’t want to do stuff in the beginning.”
Josh helps with the 5x60 sessions at lunchtimes; taking the register, giving out bibs, sorting out teams etc. He also helps with the sessions in school holidays; sessions are made as appealing and fun as possible so that more and more will want to come. He also does after-school clubs and sometimes goes on trips and school fixtures so that he can help those taking part. Josh also goes into primary schools and leads after school clubs. Josh is a key link between PE teachers and the students; other pupils still regard him as a friend, but they recognise that he has extra responsibility.
Josh recognised that he has gained enormously from being a YA, particularly around organisational skills which have got better over time and he certainly felt that it was easier to do things now than it was at the beginning. Josh also recognised that the skills he learnt through being a YA have helped in the classroom, such as self-discipline, behaviour and the confidence to speak in front of others. It has also given him the confidence to try new things. Josh is a good communicator and recognised that this was important in being able to lead.
“If you have communication, organisation and technique, they can see how to do it too”.
Josh also spoke of how this had helped him in other curriculum areas.
“In English and other language lessons we have a lot of speaking assessments and especially when you are presenting something to the class, the confidence you have is so much more than the other students. You don’t feel as isolated anymore, you’re ready to take on whatever is put in front of you”.
The YA programme has improved his discipline and has helped him to be more mature around people. People see YAs as role models and look up to them. Josh enjoys being a good role model and likes to try and influence others through what he does.
“My friend, who is in year 7 didn’t want to do anything; he just used to sit in his house. I brought him along to one of the 5x60 sessions during half term and ever since then he hasn’t stopped doing sport and I find it really cool that people can get involved in so many more things through us.”
Josh would like to progress through the YA programme as he feels that this will enable him to be better at changing things so that young people are not bored in the holidays. He wants to have greater influence as to how students see him and see sport.