Four local youngsters have recently found out they have been selected to take part in the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp 2014 at Loughborough University from 19-22 December.
Jack Bevis from Hills Road Sixth Form College and Liam Hunt, Harmony Hennessy and Laura Mott from Comberton Sixth Form have been selected to attend the camp after being recognised as talented young coaches through their involvement in the County Young Coach Academy (CYCA) programme and the local Leadership academy programme before that. They have shown huge commitments to their sports of swimming, athletics and football undertaking countless hours of voluntary coaching in community clubs and demonstrating the drive to push themselves further.
The National Talent Camp is a unique four day residential experience bringing together 350 of the most talented young athletes, coaches and officials from across England. The camp will see 200 coaches, 100 athletes, and 50 officials come together to participate in a unique multi-sport, multi-role, three dimensional camp, to increase individual aspiration and ambition, and develop empathy. Through the camp, young people will be stretched and challenged to be ambitious and achieve their sporting best.
Claire McDonnell, Manager of the South Cambs SSP and the CYCA said, “I am absolutely delighted for them, it is such an exciting and unique opportunity. I would have loved to have had something like this when I was their age. They have all put so much into their leadership, coaching and volunteering work over the last few years they utterly deserve this. I know they will have a great time, it will be four long and testing days but they will learn so much from it, it will definitely be worthwhile.”
The Youth Sport Trust said, “Working with National Governing Bodies of Sport, sports coach UK and Sports Officials UK, the camp, which is funded by Sport England, and presented by Loughborough University, will offer our most promising young coaches, athletes and officials the opportunity to learn and share valuable experiences in their pursuit of sporting success. The seven NGBs who will each have a range of young coaches, athletes, and officials representing them at the camp include athletics, boccia, cycling, football, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.
Throughout the camp, young people will be actively encouraged to dream and be ambitious on where their talent can take them, develop a holistic view of their own performance and understand how they will deliver when they are back in the environment of their own sport.“