A VOLUNTEER role with a local Beaver troop led to a life of sports leadership for a Burton boy.
Jack Everett, 16, was just 13 when he first became interested in leadership, after spending time with the youth group, but it was only when he joined a scheme to improve his skills that he began to develop a real flair for leadership.
The year 11 pupil, who attends Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, now leads the young ambassador team at his school, among a host of other things, and is looking to develop his skills even further.
Caroline Smith, school games organiser for Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “Jack is a competent and confident young leader who has honed his skills over the last 3 years as a result of training, experience and support. An asset to school and any organisation he works with.
“Despite also currently completing his GCSEs, doing his Duke of Edinburgh award and having a busy life outside of school, Jack is always first to volunteer his time to help others and relishes the opportunity to be given the responsibility to take forward his ideas.”
Jack, who lives on Ashby Road, has done courses in team management, inclusive leadership, disability awareness and coaching.
He is qualified to officiate and referee at school games, and has done work on leadership and officiating at St George’s Park.
He also coaches a primary school football team, and mentors others on how to make the most of their leadership skills.
Most recently, Jack has decided to apply to the Staffordshire FA for funding to run his own schools festival, which he is currently organising.
He is also working with Burton and South Derbyshire College to further provision.