Five young leaders meet Dame Kelly Holmes

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Five lucky young people from the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 were yesterday invited to meet Dame Kelly and Paralympian Richard Whitehead! The two sporting legends did a talk at the Blythswood Square Hotel for BP, a company that’s been supporting the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as gold partners  for some time now.

Young Leaders Anas, Steven, Aiden, Sidi and Michael listened to Dame Kelly and Richard Whitehead’s talk, and then got to chat to them afterwards, and take pictured wearing Richard’s gold medal from London 2012. Sidi said: “Such a great experience. Dame Kelly even mentioned and congratulated us in her speech. Her and Richard Whitehead are such inspirational athletes – what an experience.”


Day 1 at the Commonwealth Games 2014



What a start to the Commonwealth Games 2014 for our Young Leaders! While several were volunteering at a festival on Glasgow Green yesterday, others were helping spectators get to the opening ceremony, which took place last night in spectacular style.

Denzel, who carried the Baton for Glasgow earlier this summer, had the task of welcoming the 40,000 spectators as they walked up to Celtic Park to the ceremony. “Hello Glasgow!” he bellowed through his megaphone, to much applause. Today the competitions will start, including badminton, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash and table tennis. We will be reporting on how young people and athletes get on throughout the Games so watch this space.


The countdown to the Games is over!


After 7 years of planning, the countdown to the Commonwealth Games is over. Tonight’s Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow, will welcome the 6000 participating athletes who will be representing 71 nations in total. More than 2000 people will take part in this evening’s celebration, which will be broadcast to more than 1.5 billion people around the world.

We would like to wish all of the young people on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, who have been on an incredible journey over the last 9 months, the best of luck as they begin their volunteering roles at the Games and put into practice all they’ve learnt over this time.


Panashe carries the Queen’s Baton!


Panashe Muzambe, 18, is still feeling overwhelmed after being given the opportunity to run in the Queen’s Baton Relay in Edinburgh on Saturday.  Panashe, who coaches football and basketball, was nominated to be a Baton Bearer through the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 after she expressed a desire to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Panashe ran with the Baton for 200m, starting outside the Commonwealth Pool on Saturday 14th June, and despite the dark clouds and drizzle, Panashe was in high spirits and had her friends and family there to cheer her on. On the programme’s Facebook page, Panashe wrote: “Thank you all for the support.”

Julia Wallace, Young Persons’ Practitioner at Action for Children Scotland, said: “It’s a great honour for Panashe to be carrying the Baton here in Edinburgh.  Panashe is passionate about sports and is already involved in many after school coaching activities.  Carrying the Baton is something that she can be proud of and look back on for years to come.”

Panashe will also be volunteering at the Commonwealth Games in July and hopes to go on and study Sports Science at Napier University in September.


An update from Young Leader Connor Cheshire

On Monday the 12th of May I attended a meeting in City Park Glasgow with Scott Ewan.
We are both Young Leaders – myself from Glasgow Action For Children and Scott from Aberdeen Foyer.

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We spent the day working with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athletes Theo Spalding McIntosh and Craig Heap, as well as Dylan from Inspiring Scotland in Edinburgh. We talked about us as young people on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, our roles and responsibilities and our behaviour during and in preparing for the Games.
We also discussed the dos and don’ts, as well as making a few strict, but for the best, suggested ground rules and ideas which I am sure other Young Leaders and workers will be discussing. We spoke about practical issues such as who to contact if you are going to be late or have lost/damaged your voluntary clothing as well as the need for emergency contact numbers for certain scenarios during the Games.
We discussed what we can do for our free time if you have a certain amount of time off, such as seeing friends or visiting family and going site seeing or shopping.

We were joined by other workers who were also meeting that day and we were asked to tell them our views, opinions and suggestions about being a Young Leader.
As Young Leaders we got the chance to discuss ground rules, ideas and suggestions of how we will represent ourselves and represent our whole BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 team during the Commonwealth Games.
Looking forward to seeing you all again. Not long ’till the Games now. Hope you are as excited as me!

Connor Cheshire
Young Leader
Action For Children

Athlete mentor Andy Burns wins at the British Open!

Andy Burns, Judoka and athlete mentor on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, picked up a fantastic result at the weekend winning the British Open. Andy said:”I was really chuffed with my performance!” And so you should be Andy – a massive congratulations from all of us!

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Over 300 judoka were in action at K2, Crawley, with 29 countries represented in the two-day long event.

France topped the final medal table with a total of 19 medals, including four golds. Great Britain were second with The Netherlands third.

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Andy Burns started the Great Britain charge in style with a powerful display in the -90kg category, winning by ippon after being a yuko up against Netherlands athlete Michel Verhagen. He earlier beat Gary Hall in the semi-final.

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Young Leader Zabih reports on his cycle leadership training!

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Hi all, this is Zabih reporting! Had a great time completing the bike leadership and learned a few things about bikes which I did not know before. When we first arrived at the location we all introduced ourselves and had a chat about what we have been up to recently.

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We then went on and learned some bike checks which help us ensure our bikes are safe for riding, and these checks were really simple but effective. After this we got on our bikes and learned some signals for when riding on the road and we also learned how to ride as a group on the road. At this moment we were all really tired so it was time for a lunch break.

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After lunch we were all given an activity each, which we had to plan and then deliver to the rest of the group. All the activities were really enjoyable and everybody delivered their activity really well, and after this the great day came to an end. Apart from being really fun the day also helped me to develop some valuable skills such leadership and teamwork, and it was also a confidence booster for me.

I would like to thank everybody who was there and made it a great experience and I would also like to thank all those who organised it!

The training took place in Edinburgh on 15th April and was organised in Partnership with Youth Scotland and CTC The National Cycling Charity.

The Training was certificated and its full title is CTC Bike Club Cycle Leader Youth Training.