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YCIS Students Coach Peers to Victory

June, 2010
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Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) has introduced an innovative Student Coach Program that has resulted in a brace of championship titles. The YCIS Beijing Student Coach Program is designed to give high school students a powerful opportunity to exercise and build their leadership abilities in a sports context. At this season’s International School Athletics Conference-Beijing/Tianjin (ISAC) tournaments, Student Coaches led the school’s sports teams to victory, demonstrating the program’s effectiveness and proving its success.

ycis-student-coach-sThe Student Coach Program is an opportunity for students in different year levels to bond and be role models to each other. YCIS Senior Helen Leung, 16, says, “I feel I can talk to my Student Coach (Rachel Wong, 18) about anything because, as fellow students, our relationship is more personal.” She continued, “My sporting performance has also improved thanks to Rachel’s intense practice drills.”

In February 2010, YCIS under-14 boys’ volleyball and Under-19 girls’ basketball teams were led to victory by their student coaches Shyam Iyer and Rachel Wong. Shyam said, “We are not afraid to push our teams hard during practice sessions because we know that the hard work will pay off when it comes time for tournaments.” He added, “We were undefeated for the entire season.”

The Student Coach Program also provides older students with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and provide younger students with the benefit of the senior’s experience. This model of peer coaching is an example of the caring community atmosphere fostered at YCIS Beijing.  

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