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News Release

Grampian Leaders programme given Olympic stamp of approval

14th March 2012

An Aberdeenshire sports programme which aims to develop leadership skills in young people has been given the Olympic stamp of approval.

The Grampian Leaders SportScotland programme, which runs coaching and enhanced training courses and volunteering opportunities across Aberdeenshire for 16 to 24 year olds, has been awarded the Olympic Inspire Mark for Excellence.

The Inspire scheme is run by the 2012 London Olympics organising committee and officially recognises accessible, inspiring and stimulating projects which engage young people using the values of the event.

There are currently 31 young people enrolled in the Grampian Leaders scheme, which was designed in 2010 by Active Schools Co-ordinator for Aberdeenshire, Susie McLarty.

She said: "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 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 and 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."

The Grampian Leaders initiative is an active partnership between SportScotland and Aberdeenshire Active Schools team.


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