School Games Maker Day

With the Sainsbury’s Cornwall School Games only one week away, more than 300 sports leaders from all over Cornwall descended on Penrice Academy today (Friday 19th June) for Leadership Training.

The day saw students taking part in workshops and team building activities throughout the day, learning about event management,  discussing athlete welfare and performance leadership or receiving media training, to prepare them for their roles during the School Games on the 26th June. At the Games, they will play the vital role of ‘School Games Makers’ for the day.

Great Britain Sprinter and Bobsliegher Craig Pickering opened the day with an inspirational speech discussing his career as an Athlete. When thinking about next week’s event, Craig recognised that athletes get nervous, and explained how that can only be a good thing: “Once you learn the importance of being nervous, nerves play a huge part in your performance,” he said. “Nerves will ultimately help you strive for your best.”

After the initial meeting, students took part in workshops and team building exercises around the school with visiting Marines and sporting experts. One workshop saw 20 students from Penrice and Poltair receiving media training in photography and social media, to prepare them for broadcasting from the Games across all six sites next week.

Sarah Mageean, Marketing And Communications Officer at Cornwall Sports Partnership, who helped run the workshop, said: “I was so impressed by the group of students – from Poltair and Penrice – who have risen to the challenge of covering the event next week. They are full of ideas and it was great to watch their confidence grow over the course of the day. They’ll be fantastic ambassadors for their schools and the Games next week.”

Thank you to Amber and Rachel for capturing images of the workshops and sports leaders all day.

Read more: Cornwall School Games

You can see more pictures from the events in our gallery.