Grampian Leaders honour

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Grampian Leaders sportscotland Programme Aberdeenshire has just been awarded the Olympic Inspire Mark for excellence.

Susi McLarty, Active Schools Co-ordinator for Aberdeenshire, has designed and led the programme since September 2010.

This year’s programme currently has 31 Young people enrolled.

The Programme consists of coaching courses, enhanced training courses, volunteering at local clubs and active schools clubs, and volunteering at large scale events such as the Portsoy Boat Festival and the Balmoral Run Weekend.

sportscotland piloted the programme in four areas in scotland in 2010.

They say: “Sport Scotland Grampian Leaders is a unique programme that aims to develop leadership, volunteer and coaching capacity in a select group of young people from across Aberdeenshire. The Grampian Leaders Initiative is an active partnership between sportscotland and Aberdeenshire Active Schools Team.

“The programme aims to heavily invest time, effort and money into each participant. There is a clear expectation on each candidate that they commit to all elements of the Grampian Leaders programme. Alongside the fixed training & development programme, each candidate will also have an ongoing volunteer commitment within their community. In addition, each participant will be expected to volunteer at a number of high profile Aberdeenshire sporting events such as Run Balmoral.”

Experienced and qualified volunteers are the cornerstone of sport in this

country. Grampian Leaders aims to support and develop the volunteers, coaches and leaders of the future. Furthermore, competition for University and College placements are at an all time high, and the jobs market has never been more competitive. More and more, applicants need to stand out from the crowd, and have a CV that details far more than academic credentials.