Cricketers get involved with Champions in Schools

07 Oct

Champions in SchoolsThree senior women squad players have been recruited on to the prestigious Champions in Schools (CiS) Programme run by the Winning Scotland Foundation. 

Abbi Aitken, Samantha Haggo and Olivia Rae have been selected to be part of the programme that is a role-model programme delivered by Winning Scotland Foundation that places Scotland’s top international athletes in the classroom to deliver a series of inspirational workshops, encouraging school pupils to set and achieve personal ambitions, pursue a healthy and active lifestyle, appreciate the value of hard work and adopt a positive, winning attitude.  

The Foundation’s vision is to help young people to be successful in life – and to inspire more children to be active and engaged in sport by 2020. 

So far, the girls have been through their initial training and are eagerly waiting to find out which school they will be spending time in. In total, they will deliver three sessions to the same group of school children so that they can build a rapport with the group. 

The training has been high class including a day at ‘Broadcasting Business’, which equipped the athletes with mechanisms for communicating effectively to groups and to the media, and ‘Jammin Fitness’ which taught the athletes about how to positively engage young people. These workshops have given the girls skills that they can transfer across many aspects of their own lives including coaching, teaching and leadership roles. 

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Aitken (r) and Haggo (l) are part of the programmeRichard Orr, Senior Programme Manager, said: “Sportsmen and women are so valuable to society, because they can pass on crucial life messages to young people – such as the importance of working hard, setting goals, overcoming obstacles and of course, looking after yourself physically.  That’s why, with fantastic athlete role-models, we are working to deliver Champions in Schools across Scotland.  We have already impacted around 10,000 young people in more than 350 Scottish schools.  By 2014, we aim to be delivering the programme in every Scottish local authority region.” 

CiS research findings: With research conducted in 5 local authorities the University of Edinburgh’s study found in 2011-12 that: 93.7% of CiS participants believed CiS was of some value to them; 96.4% of CiS participants liked learning new ideas and skills in CiS; 90.7% of participants appreciated the importance of effort; 92.8% participants thought a healthy diet and lifestyle was important; 94.7% of participants felt they learned to appreciate that everyone has different strengths; 91.6% of participants have learned that top athletes face challenges just like them. 

More information on the Champions in Schools programme can be found by using this link

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