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Aileen Campbell MSP to visit Scotland’s leading athletes as they learn how to be ‘positive coaches’

Sport and physical activity
Issued by Winning Scotland Foundation

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, will be visiting an athletes’ education session at in Edinburgh on 25th July.

To mark the three-year anniversary of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, some of Scotland’s leading athletes, including Sarah Clark, Sarah Adlington and Louise Renicks (Commonwealth gold winning judo players), Colin Gregor (former Scotland rugby 7s captain), Aileen Neilson (Paralympic medal winning wheelchair curler) and Stephen Payton (3-time Paralympic athletics champion) will be taking part in a session about how to help young people set and achieve personal goals. The session will be delivered by the Positive Coaching Scotland programme from the charity Winning Scotland Foundation (

Each of the athletes are already involved with the charity as role model ‘champions’ and deliver workshops for young people in schools and youth groups as part of the Champions in Scotland ( role model programme.

The charity now wants to further develop their athlete champions by helping them understand how to work with parents, coaches, teachers and young people to create a positive learning environment in and beyond sport, so that everyone involved has fun, feels supported and enjoys playing, and learning from, sport.

Following the workshop, the role models will be putting what they’ve learned into practise through their school and youth group role model visits.

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell said: “I’m really pleased to support the Champions in Scotland and Positive Coaching Scotland programmes. It’s important that young people in Scotland have great role models to look up to and, more importantly, learn from. The sporting champions involved in Champions in Scotland supported by Legacy 2014 have all achieved great success through working hard and overcoming setbacks - that’s an example we want to set for all young people in Scotland. 

“The strong partnerships that Champions in Scotland and Positive Coaching Scotland have forged with organisations like sportscotland, Commonwealth Games Scotland, the Scottish FA, Scottish Rugby and Winning Students will ensure that the programmes will continue to flourish - and we are confident that as a result more and more young people can benefit.” 

Former national rugby 7s captain Colin Gregor, who scored more than 1,000 points representing Scotland on the IRB Sevens circuit, said: “I have seen first-hand how much impact a role-model can have on helping young people develop their potential through my work with the Champions in Scotland programme.  It’s important that, as athletes and role-models, we are well prepared to ensure all young people we work with have the most fulfilling and inspiring experience possible – setting them up to achieve their own ambitions in the future.  Positive Coaching Scotland training is a crucial aspect of our work as role models.”

About Champions in Scotland
Champions in Scotland is a Legacy 2014 funded role-model programme that places Scotland’s top athletes in schools and youth groups across Scotland. Athlete champions work with young people to deliver messages about resilience, success through effort and learning from mistakes. Schools and groups can book role model visits directly online at

About Positive Coaching Scotland
Positive Coaching Scotland workshops are delivered across sports clubs in Scotland to parents, coaches and young people. They focus on creating a positive learning environment for young people so that children enjoy playing sport and learn important life skills at the same time.

About Winning Scotland Foundation
Winning Scotland Foundation is an independent charity that is working to create a culture where all young people in Scotland have the opportunity to develop themselves and learn important life skills.
By using sport as a learning tool, we want to enable all young people, today and in the future, to be well-prepared for their lives ahead of them.
We do this through researching and developing programmes, activities and projects and by influencing health, education and government.

For further information:
Contact: Richard Orr, Development Manager
Telephone: 07811 557284 or 0131 455 0750