Pride Park tour for Hartington young sports leaders

Young people from Hartington have enjoyed a tour of Derby County Football Club’s home, as part of celebrations for completing a community sport course.

Teenagers from the Hartington Young People’s Activity Club (known as HYPAC) visited Pride Park stadium on Tuesday 29th May, to collect their Level Two Community Sports Leaders Awards.

Olivia Williams, Bethany and Jodie Ball, Ben and Katie Broadly – who’re all aged between 16 and 18 – were presented with their certificates and given an extensive tour of Pride Park. They heard about the stadium’s 21 year history, when the home of the Rams moved from the baseball ground. The visit was organised by Derby County Community Trust (DCCT).

To complete the award and gain the qualification, the five youngsters had to develop fun and engaging physical activities for other children in the village. They planned, led and evaluated their sessions over a number of hours, and then had to demonstrate their leadership skills in front of the HYPAC group as part of the assessment.

Liz Broomhead MBE, the Chairman of HYPAC, said: “The group was originally formed to give sporting opportunity and inspiration to children in our rural village and the surrounding areas. HYPAC is run by young people, for young people and that has always been our ethos. It is wonderful to see children who started out participating in the sports and games of the group, now running and managing them, with qualifications to showcase their efforts.

“The visit to Pride Park was a really good opportunity for our five very special young leaders to celebrate their achievements and be rewarded for their passion and dedication to HYPAC.”

DCCT is a charitable organisation that provides a range of programmes to increase participation, inclusion, coaching and educational opportunities to people in communities across Derby and Derbyshire.

Jodie Hayes, Community Engagement Officer at DCCT, helped to organise the visit. She added: “We were delighted to welcome the five young people to Pride Park to commemorate their efforts in gaining a Level Two leadership award through our community programme. We’re continuing to work with HYPAC to support ten 12 year-old members, to gain their Level 1 Community Sports Leaders Award, to maintain the sustainability of the group.”

For more information about DCCT, visit: www.derbycountycommunitytrust.com/about

To find out more about HYPAC and the opportunities available to young people in and around Hartington village, visit: www.hartingtonvillage.com/kids/hypac

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