Hi I’m John, and I live in East Kilbride which is just outside Glasgow.

I’m currently on a gap year from University where I study Sports Development. Now the housekeeping is out of the way a bit more about me… I have been involved in athletics since I was 5, I am a pole vaulter but also a coach, a committee member, a volunteer and I do occasionally turn my hand to officiating.

I work as a coach for the local authority where I coach a lot more than just athletics. I coach trampoline and I mentor young coaches, volunteers and leaders. I applied for the YAG to help make a difference in the sport. I have been working on and finally created a Youth Advisory Group within Scotland and I’m looking forward to seeing the contribution to the sport that both groups can make.


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Hi guys,

My best experiences in athletics have come from volunteering, I started volunteering when I was 13 I had been injured and wanted a way to stay involved so I started helping out with the some of the younger groups at my club. Over the past 7 years I have continued to volunteering coaching and helping at completions. A few years ago due to the work with my local authority I was offered a job coaching and since then I haven’t looked back. I still volunteer for my club and at events but for people who don’t think volunteering is worth doing there can be a pathway to paid work.

Although for me its not about getting paid yes its nice but through volunteering I’ve managed to go to some amazing events including the Olympics. You also can meet some amazing people like the athletes and if you’re lucky the odd celebrity. These people are not the most important, the volunteers that you meet are possibly the best bunch of people you can meet I still regularly keep in contact with friends all over the Britain who I met through volunteering.

My advice for anyone that has the opportunity to volunteer at either an event or at a local club is jump in with both feet, it will be the best thing you could do!