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Youngsters Fly The Flag For County Borough


Young People are flying the flag for the County Borough by becoming dedicated ambassadors.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s successful Young Ambassador programme has been on the lookout for the best young leaders in the local authority to spread the good name of the area wherever they go.

The Young Ambassador movement aims to empower and inspire young people to become role models and leaders through sport, by developing their confidence and skills in order to increase physical activity participation in others.

The programme has been running for almost four years and is aimed at young people aged 10 to 21 with different age categories including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Organised by Junior Sport RCT Team, Bronze Young Ambassador induction days were recently held at the University of South Wales Sports Park in Treforest and Ystrad Sports Centre.

With one boy and one girl nominated from each of the participating primary schools, a total of 62 pupils took part in the events which tasked them to raise the profile of sport and physical activity in their schools and community.

They attended workshops on motivation, leadership and team building and what better role models to have on the day than Olympic and Commonwealth athlete Michaela Breeze and current Celtic Dragon and Welsh International Netball Player Rosie Pretorius.

Together the two sporting heroes shared some of their experiences of being elite athletes and the importance of leadership in a successful career.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport said: “As the eve of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow fast approaches, it is so exciting to see the positive impact sport has on the young people of the County Borough.

“By inviting them to participate in such events we are not only encouraging our young people to take up sports and leisure activities but we are also helping them to reach their full potential and who knows – one day compete in the Commonwealth Games themselves!”

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Leisure Services has a dedicated Sport RCT Team to help you get involved in all types of sporting activities. Regardless of age, interest or ability, the team can help you find a sport or activity that is perfect for you.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and its Sport RCT department are thankful of the support from Sport Wales in helping them to grow sporting opportunities across the County Borough. Both organisations share an aspiration of getting every child hooked on sport for life.

Simply make contact and tell them where you live and what you are interested in - and they can do the rest by making recommendations for clubs and classes, finding your nearest team and supporting you to get involved.

View the image gallery of both events.

For further details call Sport RCT on 01443 490242 or email sportrct@rctcbc.gov.uk

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