BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott softball student-athlete and exercise science major Hannah Llewellyn (Danvers, Mass.) recently represented the College, along with four other students, at the Youth Sport Trust's (YST) Girls Active Coaches Camp in England at Loughborough University from April 1-8.
Llewellyn was nominated and selected by Endicott College School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies professors and Dean Deborah Swanton, EdD, ATC, LAT. Llewellyn was joined on the trip by two other exercise science majors Katey Latassa and Kayla Kobelski and two athletic training majors Cassandra Susi and Kerry Madden. The Girls Active Coaches camp is designed to offer a further developmental opportunity for girls to take their personal growth to the next level.
"Endicott has had a 12-year partnership with YST, whose mission is to build a brighter future for young people through the power of sport and physical activity. The YST has over a 20-year history of delivering programs and initiatives that improve health, attendance, academic achievement, and raise whole-school standards equipping all young people with skills for life," said Swanton. "The Girls Active Coaching Education Program is one aspect of our work together. Our students were exceptional as peer leaders making a tremendous impact on the participants while also learning a great deal about themselves. They were outstanding representatives of Endicott and I am really proud of them."
Meanwhile, for Llewellyn, the experience with the campers at Loughborough University was impactful, for both sides.
"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity where I got to see girls grow in just three days. Many of the girls came in on the first day crying and anxious about being at the camp but then left crying because they did not want to leave all of the amazing friends they made!" said Llewellyn. "I had the ability to lead sessions about how to be a leader, coaching skills, and building up these girls confidence. I learned the impact that sport and exercise can have on people. I have never been in a more positive and encouraging environment."
"Having this experience definitely helped with my leadership skills. I gained confidence in my ability to deliver a powerful message and communication with team members which will help me in my future career," said Llewellyn. "I was in charge of 18 girls which was a big responsibility, but I got to know all of them on a personal level and it was truly inspiring!"
FURTHERING THE RELATIONSHIP
The students that participated in this program, along with other Endicott students, will assist and help deliver a week-long coaching education program to award winners from the Girls Active Camp. The event will be held on Endicott College's campus next fall and will include representatives from the YST as well as the England Football Association.
For more information on this event please contact Dean Swanton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ON THE YST's GIRLS ACTIVE COACHES CAMP
The Girls Active Coaches camp is built on the success of our broader Girls Active work, offering a further developmental opportunity for girls to take their personal development to the next level. Evidence from the 2017/18 Girls as Coaches and Activators program indicated a clear desire from participants to engage in a coaching role. Once girls have been engaged in an influencing role, there is an appetite to transition from marketer to activator and continue their journey as female leaders within sport in a more formal coaching role.
As identified through several Youth Sport Trust interventions, the strength of peer leadership and influencing from within social groups is clear. Appropriate and relevant role models have been shown to have an impact on participation. By empowering young women to take action within their schools and communities has a dual benefit, on both the confidence and aspirations of the young women themselves and as a result of the influence, they have among their peers.
(Photo Credit - Hannah Llewellyn)