Stu­dents thrilled with league pro­gramme

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea Col­lege’s sports fields were swarm­ing with stu­dents from Corinna, Tairangi and Rangikura schools last week, as the lat­est Lead­er­ship Through League pro­gramme came to a close.

Dur­ing four weeks, 21 Aotea year 13 stu­dents went to the pri­mary schools to teach and en­cour­age chil­dren how to play flag (non-con­tact) rugby league. The year 13s earn NCEA cred­its by dis­play­ing lead­er­ship – they coach, ref­eree games, com­mu­ni­cate with the schools and or­gan­ise the fi­nals tour­na­ment.

On April 2, 180 stu­dents from the three schools turned out at Aotea to show off what they had learnt. Tairangi’s year 8 side won their sec­tion, while the same school’s year 6 side also emerged vic­to­ri­ous in their age group.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the tour­na­ment, Aotea’s Chan­nelle Whakaneke, says en­gag­ing with the young kids and en­hanc­ing her own lead­er­ship skills made the pro­gramme en­joy­able. She ad­mit­ted putting the draw to­gether for the fi­nals day was the trick­i­est task.

Ki­wis­port has funded Lead­er­ship Through League with $100,000 over two years.

So far, more than 3000 stu­dents from 33 pri­mary schools and eight sec­ondary schools have taken part in this re­gion.

Ki­wis­port of­fi­cer Phil Roache says the Aotea stu­dents have be­come ‘‘some­what of a lit­tle event man­age­ment team’’ and they are thrilled with the suc­cess.

Run­ning strong: Tessa Falua, from Corinna School, has a good time at the Lead­er­ship Through League fi­nals day.

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