ST Antony's Catholic College is celebrating the unsung heroes of the sporting world by appointing a new team of sports leaders.

Kevin Speake, head of physical education at the Urmston school, said: “Some of our sports leaders are gifted young sportsmen and women, some of them do not have such talent, but all of them are natural leaders, great enthusiasts and wonderfully committed to helping others.”

Mr Speake added: “This is a new initiative aimed at extending young sports peoples' horizons beyond the pitch or the playing field to the world of sporting administration, creating those unsung heroes who do so much behind the scenes.”

He added: “Our new team of sports leaders will help manage school sporting events, clubs and coaching sessions across all ages.

“They will be expected to give their time outside of school hours, at the weekends and after school to help others become as involved in sport as they are.

“They will learn how to plan and manage events, such as our programme with local primary schools and even referee some fixtures, learning what it is like to control a game,”

He concluded: “They have been chosen because they all love sport, are great communicators and above all have shown outstanding leadership qualities.”

Megan Smith, 14, who wants to become a physical education teacher, explained: “I love playing sport, and I love keeping fit and I just want to help others share the same enjoyment.”

St. Antony's Catholic College headteacher, Fiona Wright, said: “We want to show the children that sporting excellence isn't just about achieving personal bests and winning cups and trophies but about helping the community to come together and enjoy more healthy and rewarding lifestyles.”

Mrs Wright added: “The tremendous response to this initiative has been overwhelming with so many children wanting to help and support others.”

St. Anthony's run 18 different sports and the new sports leaders will be helping across all the activities.