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North Warwickshire’s young ‘leaders of the future’ tour borough

North Warwickshire’s potential leaders of the future will get the opportunity to find out more about the borough, its businesses, decision makers and law enforcers during a special project for local school pupils, which starts next week.

Thirty secondary school pupils aged 13 to 15, who have been especially selected from Queen Elizabeth School and Sports College in Atherstone and Polesworth International Language College, will spend three days visiting local businesses, meeting locally influential people and taking part in role playing exercises.

The project, called ‘Your Turn’, is one of a series of programmes run by international leadership organisation Common Purpose.

The local programme of events has been organised by Warwickshire County Council’s North Warwickshire Area Team, with support from North Warwickshire Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service, Warwickshire Police, CVS and BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.

Tony Wilmot, Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth School and Sports College, said: “The ‘Your Turn’ programme will provide an excellent experience for our teenagers in North Warwickshire and we hope it will help them to become more active citizens in their local communities.

"Those taking part have been especially selected by our school as potential leaders of the future.”

Day one of the programme (10th March) will kick off at Kingsbury Water Park, with the pupils then having the opportunity to get an insight into the real world of industry and business with afternoon site visits to the BP Oil Terminal at Kingbury and two businesses on the Hams Hall industrial estate near Lea Marston – the BMW engine production plant and Oaklands Plastics.
Coleshill Town Hall will host the second day (11th March) and the pupils will learn all about the local grant awards that are available for young people’s projects, such as Warwickshire County Council’s Youth Opportunities Fund.

The ‘young leaders’ will then get the opportunity to visit Coleshill Skate Park, which received a grant from the fund last year.

The final day (17th March) will be spent at Atherstone Police Station in the morning, where the youngsters will take part in a role playing exercise about anti-social behaviour, and at North Warwickshire Borough Council in the afternoon, where the pupils will take part in a schools debate with local Councillors.

Councillor Ray Sweet, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s North Warwickshire Area Committee, said: “The combination of events that have been lined up by Warwickshire County Council’s North Warwickshire Area Team will give the students an insight into how the borough and its towns function, how decisions are made and who has responsibility for making those decisions.

"Most of all, we want them to get involved, do their best and enjoy themselves over the three days.”