Women & Girls in Sports Week:

Careers in Sport at liveArgyll

Saturday 24th to Friday 30th October 2020 is Women in Sport Week. This week provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on women and girls participation in sport and physical activity. Our Active Schools and Sport team will be highlighting some of the women and girls involved in sport in Argyll and Bute, and we wanted to start by showcasing some of the women at liveArgyll who work in our Active Schools and Community Sports Hubs.

If you have any questions for any of the team about a career in sport please get in touch! Email us at activeschools@liveargyll.co.uk 

Lori Ure – Assistant Active Schools Manager 

Lori assists in managing and developing the Active Schools and Community Sports Hub programmes which are delivered in partnership with sportscotland.  Key areas of responsibilities include: inclusion, finance monitoring, staff development, managing staff and collaborating with key partners to ensure all young people in liveArgyll have access to more, and higher quality opportunities to take part in extracurricular sport.

“I had a love of sport from an early age, and had a really positive experience in school which led me to pursue a career in sport.  My passion is disability sport, and I see the huge benefits of sport for people of all ages and I enjoy being part of a community of like-minded people. It doesn’t matter whether you’re competitive or just want to have fun, sport is so good for you in so many ways!”

Lindsay Ramsay – Active School Coordinator Campbelltown

“I have been in this role for 16 years within Argyll & Bute and enjoy each day as it comes!  I feel lucky to be involved in sport on a daily basis and enjoy working with so many people and community clubs across South Kintyre.   Sport has played a pivotal role in my life, through participation and now my day to day routine, physical activity and health is so important to all of us, and it is great to see children across the community take part in school sport and transition into the community club setting.

In my spare time I like to golf and enjoy the great outdoors that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep!”

Sharon Gillies- McCallum – Development Officer of Programming

“My role as Development Officer – Programming, affords me the opportunity to create fitness and Learn to Swim programs for each of our areas across Argyll and Bute.  The job role is varied and I love that I am able to include something for every level of fitness and ability, from high intensity classes to yoga –  there really is something for everyone.

It is important to me that our communities have the same opportunities that larger towns across the country have. I am fortunate that I get to meet and engage with people across the fitness industry and Scottish Swimming, – these opportunities provide me the chance to continually learn and challenge myself.

I have always had an interest in health and sport, and in my spare time I enjoy swimming and most recently have taken up stand up paddle boarding!”

Stacey Holloway – Community Sports Hub Officer

I love that no week in this role is the same, and I am constantly learning. Whether about a new community asset transfer project, helping a club with a funding application or how to play cricket! It is really rewarding to support our communities protect sport in the area for future generations. As Hub Officer I also get to visit many of the beautiful islands in Argyll and Bute!

Stacey has a background in healthcare science and in her spare time she volunteers with the Oban Mountain Rescue and enjoys running and swimming.

Gillian Walker – Active Schools Coordinator Oban & Tiree

“I have been an Active Schools Coordinator in Oban for four years and prior to that I was an Active Schools Coordinator in Dundee for four years.  I love my job as we get to work with young people of all ages. This allows me to see the benefits of what physical activity and leadership training has to offer our young people.  Health and well-being is an area of focus for us as active school coordinators and one that needs to have much more prominence in the coming year.

I like to keep fit myself, enjoy the great outdoors that Scotland has to offer and meeting new people which I am lucky to be able to do within my job.”

Marion MacLean – Active Schools Coordinator Mull

“My name is Marion MacLean and I am the Active Schools coordinator for Mull & Iona. I have only been in the role for 9 months, but I love my job – I love getting active, and working with all the local schools to try to improve opportunities in sport and increase enthusiasm for it amongst youngsters. My favourite aspects of the job are planning events and gatherings, and the satisfaction that comes from watching the positive impact sport can have on the children!”

Joanna Finlay – Senior Sports Coach

Jo is a senior sports coach on the liveArgyll team and coaches and runs our gymnastics programmes across Argyll and Bute.

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