SPORTING students who have volunteered more than 500 hours helping to coach grassroots sport in the local community have had their work recognised.
Sixth formers from Northallerton College were presented with certificates from the Youth Sports Trust as part of the Government-backed Step into Sport initiative for completing the year-long coaching programme.
Each of the six young coaches completed between 50 and 100 hours of voluntary work in local schools and in the wider community.
Isla Clark, Beth Bradbury, Tamara Swales and Scott Wallace each received a silver award, with Emma Keen and Joe Chapman both receiving a bronze.
The students took part in a number of training projects, including football coaching, swimming, fencing, badminton, sailing and inter-house fundraising competitions, netball and table tennis.
Scott, 18, of Scorton, said: “I had to give up playing competitive football after tearing and rupturing every ligament in my knee last year.
“Step into Sport has allowed me to continue to be involved with the sport in a non-contact way, by refereeing and coaching with local primary schools.”
Northallerton College’s head of sport, Anna Harvey, added: “Step into Sport has been a great success in college over the past five years and shows a great level of commitment from our students.
“They have given up their own time to coach others, either in school or in the community and thoroughly deserve their awards.
“All of them have found the experience challenging as well as enjoyable and extremely valuable to their own personal development in sport.”