Young Play Leader Conference

A fresh autumn day at Dawlish Leisure Centre was a great start to a wonderful morning of enthusiastic pupils and staff. Five primary schools attended the first of Dartmoor School Sport Partnership’s series of three young Play Leader conferences of this academic year.

On arrival, the children were asked to create a small game with minimal equipment and space. Pupils then shared their ideas bravely in front of each other. Already we could see their creativity and leadership skills on display!

Next we gave the Young Play Leaders and their staff member time to do a S.W.O.T. analysis about their current active playtimes. S = Strength, W = weaknesses, O = Opportunities, T = Threats. Each of these aspects where really discussed with some fantastic ideas to improve and develop. It was terrific to hear about lots of positive Active playtimes within the DLP. Ideas and suggestions were shared amongst schools. The children and staff were buzzing with next steps to take back to their schools to develop further.

We then explored ‘What qualities make a good leader’ and the qualities in practical activities. All the children were a credit to their schools in terms of attitude, behaviour and enthusiasm. We really hope that the morning gave them and their staff and injection of motivation to go back to their schools and improve the Active Playtime experience!

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