Conference call for sporting role models

AMBASSADORS . . . some of the area's young ambassadors at the conference with Councillor Logue.
AMBASSADORS . . . some of the area's young ambassadors at the conference with Councillor Logue.

AROUND 30 ‘sporting ambassadors’ gathered for a conference at Ravenscraig to share ideas about motivating and inspiring other youngsters to take part in sport.

The Young Ambassadors programme is delivered by sportscotland in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, and engages young people, aged 14-19, as role models and leaders in sport.

The key role of a young ambassador is to motivate and inspire other young people to participate in sport.

The conference concluded with a question and answer session with an esteemed panel of elite sportsmen and women, consisting of Danielle Eadie, of ADV Dance Academy and a former Scottish Rockette; Stephen and Peter McGuire, paralympic Boccia athletes; Johnny Paterson, member of the Paralympic football squad (cerebral palsy squad); Ailsa Wylie, Scottish Commonwealth hockey athlete; Rona Corkindale, Scottish basketball captain and Lynne McAfferty, GB Olympic handball captain.

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services, explained: “The Young Sport Ambassadors gathered at Ravenscraig for a mid-term conference to help them share ways in which they can inspire others and to help achieve their aims and objectives of the role.

“There are 48 young ambassadors in all of our secondary schools in partnership with their Active School or PE teacher mentor.

“All ambassadors have set themselves targets from now until June and will all volunteer their help at the Active Schools run Primary Games event held in June.”

The pupils who attended include - Rachel White and Craig Grierson, Bellshill Academy; Kyle McInnes and Ainslie Wright, Clyde Valley; Jamie Crossan and Roxanne Motaghian, Brannock HS; Hannah O’Keane, St Aidan’s; Martin Daly, Taylor, and Halle Rattray and Darren O’Dwyer, Coltness.