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Athletes schools visit programme to inspire next generation

24/10/2014
Sport and physical activity
Glasgow 2014 medallists met with pupils at South Lanarkshire school as part of the new Legacy 2014 initiative.

Commonwealth Games gold medallists Kimberley and Louise Renicks visited St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton on 23 October as part of a series of athletes school visits which are taking place across the country until the end of the year.

Through Game On Scotland, a Legacy 2014 programme delivered by a partnership between the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council, schools the length and breadth of Scotland have been applying for the chance to receive a visit from one of Team Scotland’s athletes.

The initiative, funded by the Scottish Government, will give pupils a valuable insight into the life of a professional athlete, providing inspiration for all aspects of their lives with focus on the importance of personal qualities such as discipline, determination, aspiration and sportsmanship.

Sixty schools in Scotland are benefitting from a visit, with athletes including Steph Inglis (Judo), Sean Docherty (table tennis), Lee Craigie (mountain biking) and Vikki Bounce (hockey).

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “Game On Scotland, run by Education Scotland, has been a massive success, using the Commonwealth Games as a context for learning across the curriculum with over 250,000 pupils in Scotland connected with the programme.

“It is brilliant to see the legacy of Glasgow 2014 being extended for learners in such an interactive way and I hope the athletes' visits will provide yet more exciting memories for the pupils to cherish.”

Klaus Mayer, Development Officer at Education Scotland, said: "Building on the overwhelming success of the Commonwealth Games and the learning experiences young people have been enriched with as a result, Game On Scotland now aims to provide opportunities to continue its legacy. Through the visit programme athletes and young people can share their visions for the future and inspire each other to be the best they can be whatever the context. 

Louise Renicks said: "Kimberley and I feel privileged to be able to share our experiences as athletes with learners through the Game On Scotland visits programme.  We believe as role models we can inspire young people to be the best they can be in life, no matter what their circumstances, preferences or abilities. We really enjoy contributing to the learning experiences in schools by sharing our skills, talking about failure and success and discipline as well as promoting values such as fairness and sportsmanship. "

Gerry Campbell, General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “The success of Glasgow 2014 has provided a great opportunity for a whole host of agencies to use the positive images of sport and physical activity from Glasgow 2014 to inspire young people and others to engage in sport. Visits to local schools and sports clubs by athletes from Team Scotland are highly motivational and South Lanarkshire welcome any opportunity to get involved in such visits.”

Find out more about Game On Scotland