Colin is a volunteer coach at Kelburne Hockey Club and has dedicated over 15 years to hockey. Since taking up his role, Colin has coached a team that was bottom of their league up to finishing fourth and also winning the Scottish District Cup. He has encouraged development of young coaches by arranging a hockey coaching course for the under 18 players, which has produced 12 new club coaches.
Stephanie has been head kata coach for Shitokai Scotland Karate for the last 8 years. Stephanie was appointed the role of National Coach for Scotland two years ago, and has since developed the strongest national kata squad Scotland has ever had. She currently coaches 6 out of the 7 athletes who represent Scotland for kata, where 3 of these athletes are in the top 20 world rankings.
William established the Houston Soccer Academy in 1996 and in over 22 years he has introduced around 600 children to football. During this time he has mentored fellow coaches and his enthusiasm has encouraged many children to go on to play professional and competitive football. He is also currently the Vice Chairperson of Houston United Football Club.
Brian is a tennis coach who works at Strathgryffe and Bishopton Tennis Clubs. He has set up and runs additional support needs specific tennis coaching programmes at 4 ASN schools in Renfrewshire. Brian has also had an important role in the running of the Renfrewshire ASN Special Games, delivering tennis to over 200 children at the games.
Cherie is one of the lead coaches at an additional support needs community club Fit 4 Sport. Cherie played an integral part in the Fit 4 Girls programme, which was implemented into Mary Russell School this year. She ensures that the sessions and environment suit every single child and need to make sure that they have a great experience and leave happy.
Tammy is currently one of the lead coaches at Fit 4 Sport, which is an additional support needs specific Friday night club. Tammy has also worked with ASN focused schools and units, offering climbing wall and archery sessions to people of all ages with a variety of different needs. Tammy shows great passion and commitment to changing young people’s lives through coaching various sporting activities and adapting these to suit all needs.
Arron is actively involved with the Active Schools programme with a main focus in the Paisley area. His efforts to improve the number of sporting opportunities in his area have resulted in a successful parent and child group running in the Glenburn Community Centre. All sessions delivered by Arron are fun and leave pupils asking for more at the end of each block.
Ben created and coaches the Under 14s football team at Park Mains High School. Alongside the coaching, he has been responsible for organising strips, team-lines, water and equipment, as well as taking time out to take pupils to away fixtures. Since establishing the team, they have had an excellent Scottish Cup run and reached the final of their league.
Emma has delivered a dance class at St Catherine’s Primary School for 6 years. Through this, Emma has organised various dance shows and events for the pupils to participate in, as well as competing in dance competitions. This has included being in charge of not only choreographing the routines, but also organising the music, liaising with parents, and taking the time to organise rehearsals and costumes.
Andy is a committed member of Clydeside Orienteers who is actively involved within the coaching and development within the club. His help goes above and beyond what is expected from a volunteer, with Andy also being regularly involved within events. His expertise and organisational skills have been vital to ensure that they run smoothly, where one of the most recent orienteering events having over 120 participants.
George is currently chairperson of Bishopton Football Club and during his time here he has overseen the growth of the club to seven teams including a women’s team. He is also the treasurer of the Paisley & Johnstone District League as well as being the Under 15’s match secretary. Volunteering at the club for around 10 years, George is passionate to see his community club thrive and takes pride that it is open and inclusive for all.
Kevin has been the President of Renfrew Rocks basketball club 2 years ago, which involves overseeing the running of six different teams. He also serves as an Assistant Coach to the Senior Men’s First Team as well as being a player. Kevin has successfully ensured the continuation of the Under 16, Under 18 and Women’s team which has helped to increase participation in the sport at these levels.
Pauline is an instrumental volunteer at Renfrew Football Club’s Youth Section. Without Pauline’s strong work ethic, dedicated and friendly approach both at the front end of club business and work behind the scenes, the club would not have attained the accreditations and wider recognition as a true community club as it has.
Clare currently volunteers with Active Schools and BasketballPaisley, where she coaches multiple sports including basketball, netball and tennis. Her main club this year has been the tennis club at Thorn Primary School, where she turned participation grew from only 4 to 15 in 6 months. Clare also volunteers her time to coach within the Houston Hornets community club.
Craig has been the Young Ambassador for Park Mains High School this past year. Within the school, Craig promotes and helps to design the extracurricular programme, as well as delivering these activities during lunch and after school. He is also part of the school sport committee where he consistently aims to increase participation, and he also regularly volunteers at activity camps during the holidays.
Nicole regularly volunteers within Paisley Grammar High School, providing lunch time activities for pupils. She is committed to developing basketball and gives up her free time to supervise and coach Paisley Grammar teams at qualifying matches and finals festivals. Nicole does all that she can to provide extra opportunities for children to participate in sport.
David is a peer volunteer for RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) in the Saturday Football group, where he encourages physical activity as a therapeutic technique to improve the participants mental health and overall wellbeing. David supports the group in practical ways too such as taking the register, and he does a similar role with members in the walking group as well as using his own passion for running to fundraise for the charity.
Margaret is a retired Beatson nurse and has aided hundreds of people affected by cancer to build their physical activity and make a positive change to their health. She currently delivers a number of different sessions through the McMillan Move More scheme. Margaret supports people affected by cancer with such empathy and compassion, giving them extra than what is expected in her volunteer role.
Robert is currently leading walks on a weekly basis for the Renfrewshire Walking Network, accommodating the fit to the additional supported walkers. Through the years, Robert has encouraged many walkers to become volunteers for the project, and he is always first to volunteer for events. He has delivered over 500 walks and has been involved in over 100 events throughout his time as a walk leader.
Christopher has officiated a number of school football fixtures throughout the season, whilst working towards his SFA refereeing qualification with Renfrewshire Referees Association. He volunteered at a recent regional qualifying event, where he officiated multiple games and received commendation from tournament organisers for his excellent professionalism and handling of fixtures given.
Matthew is one of the lead officials for the Renfrewshire School’s hockey league. Through his willingness to be involved in officiating, he has become a role model for the younger pupils. Matthew has not missed a round of fixtures in 2 years, and without his contribution the quality of games wouldn’t be as high.
Sam has volunteered his time to referee high school games in Renfrewshire for the last couple of years since his retirement as a PE teacher. In a very busy world Sam gives up his time to referee football matches in the Paisley & District Schools football league. Sam is always willing to help referee league and cup games when he can and also runs Ferguslie Cricket Club.
Mark has been a dedicated member of club and school sport since his time at school. He played for Kelburne Hockey Club, and has since gone on to become the President of the club. In this time he has covered all aspects of the club and worked to develop the club in the local community. Mark also works with school pupils to inspire them to continue in all types of sport through all roles available to them. He has recently taken up Powerlifting, which has lead to him setting up a new Powerlifting club in Renfrewshire, which wasn’t available in the area before.
Robert is currently the Senior Men’s division 1 team coach for Renfrew Rocks basketball club. Over the last 30 years, Robert has coached basketball to all age groups mainly in the Renfrewshire area. He was one of the first members at Renfrew Rocks, and then moved on to coach St Mirren, Troon and the national Under 18’s team. Robert then came back to coach Renfrew Rocks, who have become one of the biggest clubs in Strathclyde over the last few years.
Sensei Willie Waters founded Paisley Karate Club in 1987, and since then he continues to run classes still purely through his love of the sport. Willie ensures everyone is given the same support and training and encouragement, building up skills to succeed not only just in sport. He works extremely hard and trains all of his own coaching team, as well as dedicating the time to encourage the younger generation to participate in sport regardless of ability.
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