Flying the flag for Scotland

Developing the next batch of Scottish sporting talent is no small task, but a dedicated team at the sportscotland institute of sport is determined to do just that.

Icons such as Andy Murray and Sir Chris Hoy have long been flying the flag for Scotland on the world stage.

But it is vital that the next crop of talented Scots is constantly being nurtured to ensure that the country continues to produce athletes capable of competing at the highest level.

The national agency for sport recognised this as a key priority, and in 2008 set up the sportscotland institute of sport Talent Initiative.

Headed up by former Scotland rugby international Tony Stanger, the team focussed on two key areas – developing initiatives to transfer athletes from one sport to another sport which they are more suited to and developing a better practical understanding of ‘talent’ to enhance the success of existing talent pathways.

Having already carried out extensive talent transfer work, the team – which also includes Talent Scientist Sarah Benson – is now concentrating on delivering free Talent Workshops across the country specifically targeted at parents.

The informative talks explore how parents can provide the best support to young aspiring athletes in everyday life. A successful three-month pilot scheme of the project – which included events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Shetland – concluded at the end of May and plans are now being made for a national roll-out.

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