Let’s go round again!

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RDSSP Young Sports Leaders from Lady Manners School in Bakewell have hosted a special rounds tournament to develop their leadership and training skills.

More than 130 students from Curbar, Longstone, Bakewell CE Infant, Rowsley CE, Youlgrave All Saints CE and Stanton-in-Peak Primary Schools attended the event at Lady Manners School on Wednesday 24 June, to learn about the basics of rounders, including throwing, catching, batting and fielding.

Young Sports Leaders qualified with a Rounders Leaders award earlier this year and hosted the event to showcase their new expertise.

Eleanor Turner, 13, said: “Usually when we play rounders at school we play against people our own age but it has been great to actually mentor young children and feel confident in being a leader. I think rounders is a really inclusive game, lots of people can play it, it’s a simple game to pick up and it’s great fun too!”

Isaac Parker, 14, commented: “I think it’s great to get involved in activities like this and gain qualifications. It’s nice to help the kids understand how to play rounders and I enjoy spending time with them, teaching them something they didn’t know and developing new skills.”

Lady Manners PE Teacher and RDSSP School Sport Coordinator, Jayne Roach said: “Hosting events like this one allow us to develop sport and PE for young people around Bakewell and the surrounding areas. I am delighted with the Young Sports Leaders; they showed professionalism whilst having a fantastic time alongside local youngsters to push themselves, support each other and lead by example.”

“Being part of the RDSSP allows us to continue to train Young Sports Leaders to coach, marshal and officiate at competitions, developing leadership skills, self esteem and confidence and to act as positive role models for their peers.”