Jack Hunt School hosts Top Link Sports Conference

On Thursday 11 March 2010 Jack Hunt School hosted a ‘Young People Leading the Way’ Top Link Conference for over 128 students from secondary schools across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. The aim of the day was to train young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to organise a sporting event at their own schools.

The whole day was led by Year 12 and Year 13 students from Jack Hunt School, all of whom are studying Sports Leader Courses. At the end of the day students worked with staff and came up with some exciting ideas to further develop sport and sporting events.

Top Link is part of Step into Sport which focuses on how sports can utilize young leaders in school or community based volunteering. The aim is to create a leadership and volunteering pathway for students to be able to develop leadership skills including coaching, officiating, media and events management. The Top Link conferences aim to inspire students to organize events in their own school or local community environment.  The conferences are supported by Athlete Role Models who work with the young leaders throughout the day.

Jack Hunt was fortunate to be supported on the day by Tom Davis, British and Commonwealth Judo Gold Medallist, who is also an athlete role model for the Youth Sport Trust. 

Tom worked with all the students to help engage and enthuse them in their role as a leader for future events. He spoke about his average day which consists of three training sessions of technique, conditioning and sparring practice.

Tom won the British Championships in 2005, the Commonwealth Championships in 2006 and was a reserve for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tom said “I am aiming for a place on the squad in 2012 and I hope to keep working with young people and inspire them to follow their sporting dreams.”

Chris Game, Director of Sport said, “The day was a brilliant success. To see and be part of a whole conference led by Jack Hunt Sports Leaders was fantastic, it really highlighted the high level of leadership skills young people have”.