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Unleashing my sporty side at the Queen’s Baton Relay in Stirling

Emily Greenan, Young Ambassador

Emily Greenan explains how being a Young Ambassador has helped her to get more involved with sport.

I’ve been involved with sportscotland through the Young Ambassador programme since 2011, when I got the chance to represent my school at the Young Ambassador conference. The experience really inspired me and kick-started my Young Ambassador journey. Over the past three years I have spoken in front of large audiences at conferences, got experience of mentoring young people and had some fun creating and running our own sporting events.  At the beginning of this year, I was successful in my application to become a member of the Scottish Young Ambassador Steering Group. It was also through my work as a Young Ambassador in my school and local community that I was nominated and selected to be a baton bearer for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

In my role as a Young Ambassador, I’ve been motivating and encouraging secondary and primary school pupils in my area to get involved in sport, so to see the ‘Unleash your sporty side’ do the same with a wider audience is great. I love that it doesn’t only focus on opportunities for athletes. People can enjoy sport at whatever level they are at; taking on various roles, meeting new people  and above all having fun! I like the fact that people have the opportunity to get into sport through volunteering and coaching - there are so many ways to develop new skills and work towards different coaching qualifications. The best part about the campaign is that everyone can be involved in sport no matter what path they choose to take!

I volunteered to help out at the unleash stand at the QBR in Stirling because I really believe in the helping people to get into sport. Having been involved in sport from an early age I have seen the impact that coaches and volunteers can have on an athlete or player’s performance. The way that they can help to encourage and motivate you to continue to push yourself, even when you think you can do no more, is so powerful. I hope that someday I will be have the same effect on the next generation of athletes and ‘light the torch of tomorrow’.

The best bit about the QBR event in Stirling was the delight I saw in the kids that came onto the stand to try out the sport activities we had on offer.. They all had huge smiles on their faces and were having a really good time! The buzz around the place was also amazing. People got really behind the QBR and the event by trying out activities, cheering people on or even just by seeing themselves on the big screen!

I would encourage anyone thinking about getting involved in sport to go onto the Unleash website and from there you can search by sport or by area to discover what is available for you. For anyone nervous about attending a club, I would say the first step is always the hardest. Contact the club first, speak to the coach and then when you arrive show them what you’ve got!  ‘Unleash your sporty side’ and enjoy yourself - everyone’s a winner!