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Active Schools Volunteer of the Month - March

Active Schools Volunteer of the Month - March

Congratulations to our Active Schools Volunteer of the Month winners for March – Lara Pitcaithly, Katie Craig and Chloe McClung from Braes High School. Active Schools Coordinator Johnny Bannerman said, 

“The girls typify everything we’re looking for in an Active Schools volunteer. They’re enthusiastic, dedicated and always looking to learn. They have developed into really confident coaches who are a joy to work with.” 

Names: Lara Pitcaithly, Katie Craig & Chloe McClung
Ages: (LP) 17, (KC) 14 & (CM) 16
Occupation: School pupils at Braes High School
Favourite sport / activity: (LP) dance or cycling, (KC) gymnastics, (CM) cycling 

How long have you been a volunteer with Active Schools?
All have been volunteering with Active Schools for over a year now. 

How did you get involved with Active Schools? 
(LP) I got involved with Active Schools through my Sports Leadership Award at school, this required me to volunteer many hours towards coaching a sport. 
(KC) I became involved through my Active Schools Co-ordinator – Johnny Bannerman. 
(CM) I got involved with Active Schools through Sports Leaders with my school as I had to achieve so many hours to successfully achieve my level 1 & 2 Sports Leader qualifications. After successfully achieving my hours,I realised how much I loved helping the kids get better and also seeing them have fun running about with a smile on their face encouraged me to keep the club running. 

What do you enjoy most about Volunteering? 
(LP) I enjoy volunteering as it allows me to pass on different skills I have learned so far in sport but the kids also teach me things. I love when they take the lead and show me new games. 
(KC) I enjoy working with the children and helping them develop new skills. 
(CM) I really enjoy seeing the kids having fun and learning new skills, but I also enjoy the fact that it has built my confidence so much and I now have the ability to lead and talk in front of groups of people now. 

How has being a volunteer with Active Schools benefited you? 
(LP) Becoming an active schools volunteer has given me so much confidence within myself, it has also given me so many opportunities like developing my coaching to become a qualified level 1 swimming instructor. 
(KC) Active Schools has helped me improve my confidence and helped me decide what I’d like to do in the future. 
(CM) I’ve grown so much by working with different kids, I feel it has benefitted me as I can now lead sessions on my own and I have the confidence to speak to anyone as before I was very shy. 

Describe your most memorable moment from your time as a volunteer with Active Schools? 
(LP) Joining in a game of dodgeball to help a group that was down a few points and the team ended up winning the tournament. 
(CM) Most memorable moment was helping one of the kids who couldn’t catch a ball successfully at the start of my club to being able to successfully catch by the end. 

What would you like to be doing in 5 years time? 
(LP) In 5 years’ time I would like to be finishing my last year at uni studying a Chemical Engineering degree. 
(KC) In 5 years I hope to be studying at university to become a PE teacher. 
(CM) In 5 years’ time I hope to be starting a career as a professional runner for Team GB. 

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer? 
(LP) DO IT!! even if you are worried about not being confident at the start, not being able to take control, still do it as you’re given so much support to help build and develop your coaching ability. It’s a skill that will last a lifetime and will come in useful on more than one occasion. 
(KC) Do it! It’s great fun and a brilliant way to build confidence. 
(CM) Honestly go for it, it has given me so much confidence and I haven’t had anything bad out of my experience as a volunteer. 

If you could try one sport that you’ve never done before what would it be? 
(LP) I would try motocross, the speed they go at gives me an adrenaline rush just watching it, I couldn’t imagine the thrill I would get if I were to do it in real life. Also I would try skeleton from the winter Olympics. 
(KC) Diving (springboard not the high board!!!) 
(CM) I would love to try boxing, it has always amazed me and looks a lot of fun. 

If you were left on a desert island and could take with you a luxury item, a book, and a piece of music. What would they be and why? 
(LP) I would take a pair of my dance shoes because there is nothing better in the world than dancing about and not caring about anything else going on around you. 
(KC) If my dog is a luxury item I’d take him! I’d take a diary to write down all my experiences. Music – Dancing Queen by Abba. 
(CM) I would most definitely take my running trainers because I’m always happy and feel free once I’ve been for a run. 

Published on Wednesday, 4th April 2018

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