A GROUND-BREAKING leadership project for south Cumbria primary schoolchildren has been launched.
The Future Leaders Academy has been conceived by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock who organised the successful Furness Summer Camp last August.
The summer camp saw almost 50 children from 21 local schools get involved with film-making, archery, newspaper design, history projects and a host of other activities at Furness College.
Mr Woodcock collaborated with Barrow AFC football legend Neil Doherty and former Newbarns Primary School headteacher Jill Byrne for the summer camp. Now the trio have joined forces again to develop a dedicated leadership academy for pupils from year five onwards.
Mr Woodcock said: “A huge amount of investment is surging into Furness and our young people have the opportunity to harness this once-in-a-generation bonanza and shape the future for many years to come.
“High end leadership skills will be in big demand as our economic landscape develops but if the year fives of today are to become our captains of industry of tomorrow we need to enable them to reach their full potential.
“Along with many parents and teachers I want to do my bit to make sure that our young ones are given every opportunity to develop their talents to the full so that the Furness of the future is led by Furness people.”
It is envisaged that the fully-funded Future Leaders Academy will run for three weeks this coming August at the college.
Up to 100 places will be available for year five children from Furness primary schools and organisers will work with head teachers, teachers and families to recruit children with the enthusiasm and motivation to gain maximum benefit from the experience.
Two teachers who led many of the summer camp sessions - Clare Prosser and Liam Reid - have been nominated for the teacher of the year prize in the Love Barrow Awards.