An optional examination was held twice annually. The course extended over a preliminary and three other stages.
The subjects of the general course included Bible Study, Christianity in the Modern World, YMCA History and Principles, Camp Organisation and the Theory and Practice of the YMCA Fourfold Programme.
Entrants opting for physical training pursued a course in all aspects of YMCA Physical Education, conditions of entry being similar to those of the general course.
YMCA Regions throughout England, Ireland and Wales, formed leadership training groups in their Associations, to meet at agreed times and to hold occasional weekend schools and training courses.
A comprehensive statement of examination results was circulated to all participating members through their Regional Offices. Wales figured conspicuously on those lists which are the small amount of documentary evidence available today. For several years the Welsh Associations headed the lists of certificate holders in any one Region in the three countries, for example 160 certificates came to Wales in 1952 and again in 1953, the young Welsh leaders headed the lists with 134 certificates. Wales also enrolled the largest number of training groups for any region and its twenty two groups registered 241 leaders, this again being the largest number in any one YMCA area. It is relevant to state here that eleven of the twenty-two Welsh groups came from the mining valleys; most of the names have appeared in the list of the Powell Duffryn cluster of Associations.
Tribute must be paid to Mr. Roland Smith and many of the Youth Leaders who, with much diligence and enthusiasm developed and maintained a high standard of training for the trainee leaders. Lectures arranged by the Education Committee of the Welsh National Council, added greatly to the teaching value and standards of the leadership courses, as did the week-end schools
arranged at Coleg y Fro by the competent tutors.
Warden, Mr. V. S. Pate, and staffed by
After a period of twenty years
, a long list of trained leaders had secured
credentials of competence in social service, resulting from the YMCA Leadership Training Courses. They already had a desire to be of service to the Community. They served in many spheres; a large number became leaders in their occupations; others held eminent office in public and social life.
In Wales the Leadership Training Course became also, a gateway to full time YMCA leadership for approved young Association members who had successfully negotiated the final examination. The location of the examination centre could be determined by the candidate, provided a responsible invigilator was available to supervise for the whole period of the examination.
It is a matter of pride to record that some of the successful YMCA Leadership Training candidates, having left industrial employment for full time YMCA work, have held important appointments in YMCAs in Wales and elsewhere. They are worthy of having their achievements described in a
permanent chronicle of the Welsh Movement.
The order of information is as follows - Association, present or last office, and any
name of candidate, noteworthy comment: