Aimee Bull from John Spence High School in Tyne and Wear is nominated for the Personal Growth category in the 2019 Girls Active Awards.
As the lead school for Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering, the Youth Sport Trust asked Mr Pilkington, the teacher who has nominated Aimee, to get twenty-five potential leaders from five different schools around Tyne and Wear that could help to get more girls active. This made the Tyne and Wear Coaching Academy for 2019.
After a weekend away as a coaching group doing activities and having lectures to develop ideas, coaching skills and have fun as a group, the girls got back to school and targeted around 25 girls from Year 9 and Year 10 to be part of activities they were planning. Aimee was also selected to attend the Girls Active Camp at Loughborough University.
“We currently run a club on Friday mornings with Y9 that changes each week and the girls come along and have fun whilst being active” Aimee explains.
“For the future I am determined to become the best coach I can be and be able to give other people the opportunities sport have offered me” she adds.
“Aimee was a quiet girl in primary school who shied away from most sports” says Mr. Pilkington. “Through her interest in Trampolining, her confidence grew and now she competes to a high standard. Through giving time to her club and the school she has found she has some amazing interpersonal qualities which she can use to help others whilst enhancing both her personal employability skills and CV.”
Despite not finding her passion for sport until she reached high school, Aimee’s discovery of trampolining has not only helped her own sports experience flourish, competing regionally and nationally with her club, it has helped drive her passion for engaging other girls through the Girls Active programme.
“I enjoy my sport so much due to the friendships and confidence it has given me, not only in myself but in day-to-day life.”
As well as training and coaching throughout the week, Aimee also volunteers at John Spence’s club which provides a safe and welcoming environment for individuals with a disability to enjoy different sporting activities, from throwing and catching to gymnastics, trampolining and football.
“On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings I coach at my trampolining club and school where I have learnt lots of different communication skills and different ways of dealing with different types of learners at different levels”.
Aimee pictured top holding the ladder for fellow coaches on their away weekend and below coaching the Y9 group at school.