John Steele visits Ghana leadership project

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive, John Steele will visit Accra, Ghana from 13-17 February, as part of the Trust's international work with the Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD) programme.

The BILD programme, which runs in Tanzania and Ghana, supports other countries to develop the sports leadership skills of PE teachers, coaches, community sports leaders and young leaders.  BILD helps to provide the resources and 'Train the Trainer' training that will empower countries to develop their own sustainableNational Centres for Leadership Developmentthat will use the power of sport to change the lives of young people.

Over 500,000 young people in Ghana and Tanzania have benefited from BILD and since 2009, the programme has trained over 14,500 Tanzanian teachers and community coaches, benefiting 365,000 Tanzanian children and 5,000 young Ghanaian leaders.

The programme in Ghana is a clear example of partnership working. It is led by Dr Emmanauel Owusu-Ansah, Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, working alongside international trainers from the Youth Sport Trust, with support from UK Sport's international charity partner, International Inspiration: International Development through Sport.

John will join representatives from the Ministry of Sport and the Ghana Education Service to observe BILD leadership training with teachers and young leaders, attend a school visit in the city to see the programme in action and watch a sports festival run by young sports leaders.

John commented:

"The Youth Sport Trust is proud of our work internationally, using the power of sport to change as many young lives as possible across the globe. Our international trainers work tirelessly to share their knowledge and expertise to develop the leadership skills of young people across the nation, so I'm looking forward to seeing the impact firsthand.

"We've seen some great results from the BILD project and through the programme, thousands of young people have gained quality training, which they will take back to their schools and communities and valuable life skills that will support their personal development."