Active Schools

** Community Sports Leaders 2015/16**

This year 12 fifth years are taking part in the Community Sports Leadership Level 5 course, delivered by Active Schools Coordinator Gemma Ross and PE teacher Miss Duncan. In place of core PE, every Thursday these pupils will work their way through the eight unit course, finishing off delivering 10 hours of leadership in their local community. The aim of this course is to give pupils the knowledge and skills to confidently and successfully deliver sport and physical activity to pupils in their school and local community. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a variety of skills which can be transferred across so many areas of life, not just sport. The theory and practical-based course also includes planning and delivering primary school sport/activity sessions, as well as planning and organising their own festival or competition.

This course is ideal for pupils looking for a future in PE teaching, coaching, and anything involving working with groups of children/youths. For further information, please speak to Gemma in the PE department who will give more details about what the course involves.

 ** Fit for Girls @ TriFitness **
The Fit for Girls Programme will continue to run during the 2015-16 year between August and March.  On Saturday afternoons between 1pm – 2.30pm, TriFitness in Galashiels will be open it’s doors to S1-S6 girls from Earlston, Gala and Selkirk High Schools. No parents, no pressure, no hassle – come along to socialise with friends while getting active! Do your own thing on the machines or join in a class, it is completely up to you! All levels of fitness welcomed! Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.


** Young Coach Programme 2015/16 **
Congratulations to the following pupils who have been selected to take part in this year’s YCP programme at Earlston High School:

Honor Brett and Becky Leigh (pictured with the rest of the 2015-16 coaches)


Borders Sport and Leisure Trust has committed to investing in talented young coaches in the Borders to help play a vital role in encouraging children in the local area to take part in sport and physical activity. Active Schools will offer students courses, certificates and the continued support for them to make a real difference in the school and community. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to develop coaching skills in their area of sporting interest, but in other sports as well.


Congratulations and well done last year’s fab four who worked hard throughout the year to gain qualifications and experience in their chosen sports.  Active Schools look forward to continue working with you this year as you continue on your coaching journeys :).

Ciara Donlevy- YCP    Joanna Holisz- YCP    Lindsay Maguire- YCP    Dylan Fagan- YCP
Ciara Donlevy                Joanna Holisz             Lindsay Maguire             Dylan Fagan

** Get Recognised for Volunteering in Sport **
If you currently volunteer in a sports setting, get rewarded and recognised for what you do! Volunteering hours can be backdated for up to two years, so even if you haven’t done anything for a while, you can still be rewarded.  A little something extra to add to the CV as well as an opportunity to collect Young Scot points!
Saltire AwardsVolunteering hours don’t necessarily have to be coaching, it can include attending training courses, meetings, events, and travel time to/from any of the above.  All you need to do once you are registered is keep a record of the volunteering you do – couldn’t be simpler!  Check out the above poster for details and come and see Gemma in the PE department if you would like more details.

Gemma Ross


Gemma Ross is the Earlston HS Active Schools Coordinator. You will see her in the school organising various after school activities and opportunities to help pupils develop their coaching and leadership skills.

Drop by the PE base on a Thursday to ask about opportunities or see the Active Schools noticeboard located in PE.

Phone: 07887 471 129
Facebook Page: Active Schools Earlston

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