Students thrilled with league programme
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.