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Volunteers are Good Sports

Published: Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Volunteers are Good Sports

Volunteers are Good Sports

Star performers from the army of volunteers who support the work of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC) have been recognised with their own awards night in Chatelherault Country Park.

Over the last year a total of 1068 active volunteers gave a combined 21,000 hours of their time to support SLLC programmes. The work they undertook is estimated to be worth more than a quarter of a million pounds.

Chair of SLLC, Councillor David Watson said: “The impact of volunteers across South Lanarkshire has been once again outstanding and we sincerely appreciate all the time, effort and dedication each one them has committed to ensure the success of our various programmes.

“Our Volunteer programme is going from strength to strength, and that continued success is thanks in no small part to our partners including South Lanarkshire Council Education Resources, sportscotland, University of the West of Scotland, New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College. We are very grateful for their invaluable support and contribution.”

General Manager of SLLC, Gerry Campbell said: “The support of our dedicated volunteers enables our staff to greatly extend the activities and opportunities they can offer through programmes such as Active Schools and ACE Children’s Activities.

“The volunteers receiving well deserved recognition at the awards night have made an outstanding contribution over the last year but really are just the tip of the iceberg.”

The award winners were:

Parent/Guardian Volunteer of the Year: Gayle Tait
Gayle works with pupils and staff at St Mary’s Primary, Lanark, supporting and delivering healthy activity, including the Morning Energiser Club and Daily Mile, and also helps with sports coaching with particularly notable success in Cross Country running. She also gives her time to fundraising for the school.

Secondary Volunteer Pupils of the Year:

Kai Mason – Carluke High School
S6 pupil Kai volunteers with both Active Schools and SLLC's ACE Children’s Activities Programme. In 2017, he successfully applied for and completed the Active Schools Coaching Academy. He has delivered in school Extra Curricular Clubs and at events and is continuing to do more.

Emma Hawthorn – Calderside Academy
Emma has been volunteering since joining the S6 Sports Leaders Class at Calderside Academy in September and has already clocked up an impressive 200 hours. She took part in Hamilton Sports Coach Academy and went on to coach at the Calderside P7 Transition Club on a weekly basis and supported a range of other activities. Emma has secured a place on the Sports Coaching and Development Course with UWS at the Ayr Campus, but is still very keen to continue her volunteering.

Student Volunteers of the Year: Mark Japp (joint winner, male)
Mark has been volunteering with Active Schools in the Larkhall area for three years and has given a lot of hours to support a wide range of activities in primary and secondary schools with more planned until the end of June including extracurricular Clubs and Events.

This year he has been working with some challenging inactive groups, trying to engage them in attending more regular extracurricular activity. He has also given important support to training courses for secondary school pupils and the Junior Sports Leaders training for primary pupils.

Rory Kerr (joint winner, male)
Rory started his volunteering in the Sports Leaders Class in his High School and has now been an Active Schools Volunteer in the Hamilton Area for three years. This year he volunteered over 10 hours per week and his total over the past three years is heading towards 300 hours - three times the hours required for College. Rory works across a number of Primary Schools delivering Morning, Lunchtime, After School and Community Clubs.

Megan Glancy (winner, female)
Working with mainly Hamilton Area schools Megan has been an outstanding Volunteer with Active Schools since high school and has continued to excel and show unbelievable commitment since becoming a Student, volunteering over 200 hours per year.

She coaches a number of extra-curricular Clubs and has a fantastic coaching style and rapport with staff and parents.

This year she has taken a lead on School Extra-Curricular Programmes and has supported over 15 events. She has also started coaching with the new Blantyre Soccer Academy Girls Section.

John Allan - Volunteer of the Year (male)
John has for many years been involved with volunteering at Crawforddyke Primary School giving an incredible amount of time coaching the young pupils in the school in various sports including, football, athletics and cross country. In addition, he also volunteers in Classrooms twice a week to support learning.

Claire Esler – Volunteer of the Year (female)
Claire has been a member of the East Kilbride Active Schools Team for six years after first volunteering while still at school. She has been involved with so many aspects of the East Kilbride and Strathaven events calendar and specifically working in the St Andrews and St Brides Learning Community. Earlier in the year her tremendous dedication was recognised when she won the Volunteer Of The Year at the East Kilbride Sports Council Awards.