New Satellite Club in Leeds goes from strength to strength

Leeds City Athletics Club & Cockburn High School

In February 2015 Leeds City Council’s Sport & Active Lifestyles, Leeds City Athletic Club and Cockburn School, started working together and developing a new Satellite Athletics session for Leeds. Funding was secured from Sport England via West Yorkshire Sport through their Satellite Clubs programme.

The concept is to provide young people from South Leeds with the opportunity to take part in Athletics coaching sessions in a safe and familiar environment. The sessions are delivered at Cockburn School and led by qualified athletics coaches from Leeds City Athletic Club. The scheme provides links between the school and the sports club through the delivery of high quality coaching. It allows for a slicker transition between school sport and club participation and club mentors are utilised to help manage this process.

Satellite Club

Testimonials from those involved with the project:

James Boxell- PE Teacher – Cockburn School are delighted with the partnership and how well it has worked. As a School, we are very keen to promote physical activity and to be able to link up with such an established local athletics club has meant our students have the opportunity to continue in the sport long after they leave Cockburn.

Student from Cockburn School– I’ve really enjoyed the athletics club and am keen to go to Leeds City training nights to train even more. I’ve met new people and even though the training has been hard, I feel like I’m achieving something.

Ian Cooke (Chairman) Leeds City Athletics Club- The creation of the Cockburn Satellite Club as a joint exercise between Cockburn High School and Leeds City Athletics has been a fantastic success this year.

As a club, we are particularly pleased to be able to work with the community in Leeds, helping young people to enjoy sport and to enable them to be part of all that Leeds City Athletics Club can offer them.

We look forward to continuing in this partnership and to welcoming any new members who wish to join Leeds City Athletics Club on an on-going basis.

Neil Jones Active Sports Officer (Leeds City Council)- It has been great to work with two organisations that have young people at the centre of all they do. Young people can now access elite club standard coaching within the local community with the opportunity to be mentored and to join a successful club.

The satellite club now attracts a large number of young people on a weekly basis and all parties are working hard to ensure that young people who want to progress to the club can do with ease.

For more details about the club contact Neil Jones (Active Sports Officer) Leeds City Council

Tel – 0113 395 0186

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