Fife's rising sport stars get training boost

We are supporting talented young sporting stars across the region participating in an elite athlete development programme.

For a second year, we are teaming up with Active Schools and supporting Fife Sports Stars, helping 12 young people from across Fife selected to participate in a unique programme to help develop their talents and inspire others to compete in sports.

The move will see us offer the young athletes free access to our gyms followed by a discounted Leisure Active – our low-cost membership programme – junior membership as well as free goodie bags.

Left to right: Isla Hedley (Athletics/Triathlon), Ruby MacDonald (Athletics/Swimming), Matthew Pirie (Tennis), Cameron Wilkie (Ice Hockey), Ben Creanor (Motor Racing), Amy Mcnair (Tae Kwon Do), Hannah Fielding (Fencing), Skye Jolly (Kuk Sool Won).

Fife Sports Stars is designed to work closely with some to the region’s most accomplished secondary school pupils aged 13-18, competing in sport locally, regionally or internationally. The participants specialise in a range of sports including athletics, swimming, tennis, ice hockey, motor racing, Tae Kwon-do, fencing and Kuk Sool Won.

Rebecca Suiter, sales and membership manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “The trust is committed to delivering affordable and quality facilities to help people of all ages and abilities to get active. We have a number of initiatives and programmes to encourage young people to access trust facilities so that they can foster a lifelong love of staying active.

“Fife Sports Stars is an excellent programme which helps promote role models to inspire others and participate and enjoy sports – we are delighted to be working again in partnership with Active Schools to help widen access to the trust’s facilities for these talented youngsters.”

Casey Fitzpatrick, Active Schools Co-ordinator, said: “We are excited to be working with Fife Sports and Leisure Trust for a second year and to be able to provide the athletes with access to an excellent range of facilities that will support their training and preparation for competing.

“The Fife Sports Stars programme consists of a series of workshops that provide access to advice and expertise which would otherwise not be available to them, and, for the participants to demonstrate that success is possible and to use this to inspire and encourage the next generation of pupils to take part in sport and physical activity.”