Thomas Whitham Sixth Form has launched its very own Sports Leadership Academy.
The academy is, in essence, a club that will support and mentor the best young sports leaders and volunteers.
Fifteen students, who were selected and identified through their sports teachers, attended the launch, which saw local lad and former Olympic gymnast Craig Heap deliver an inspirational speech, in a bid to encourage and inspire students to volunteer and take on a sports leadership role within college and their community.
International ice hockey referee Leigh Hetherington also told of how at the age of 23 she had made it as a top official through volunteering.
The sixth form students will also mentor younger sports leaders from across the town’s schools, and become part of the future delivery network for Burnley School Sport Partnership.
The academy will offer training and support to the students, to provide a suitably qualified and motivated workforce.
The academy will also deliver appropriate qualifications and awards for young leaders aged 14-19, to help support their volunteering. The academy will be jointly coordinated by sixth form teacher Sarah Maulin and Burnley School Sport Partnership.
Pictured are students with Craig Heap and Leigh Hetherington (s).