Swim star Ross to speak at coaching event

Ross Murdoch celebrates his gold medal win at the 2014 Games (Photo Ian Rutherford)

Ross Murdoch celebrates his gold medal win at the 2014 Games (Photo Ian Rutherford)

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Scottish gold medal hero Ross Murdoch will speak at a special event for clubs, coaches and volunteers helping to develop the next generation of sporting stars in East Dunbartonshire.

The super swimmer - who struck gold in the men’s 200m breaststroke at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games - will be one of the star attractions at the Coaching Insight Forum 2014.

The event is being held in St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch, from 26-27 October and coaches, volunteers, teachers and sports professionals are being urged to book up now.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture (EDLC) Trust - with backing from sportscotland and East Dunbartonshire Sports Council - is offering the event to help coaches who support clubs, schools and individuals.

As well as Ross, speakers will include Michael Cavanagh - Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland - and professionals involved in sports, fitness and facilities - locally and nationally.

There will also be a variety of workshops - all aimed at supporting club coaches to “be the best they can be”.

Councillor Alan Moir, East Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “The council is delighted to be supporting such a prestigious event - providing inspiration and expertise to the local heroes helping to nurture the sports stars of the future.

“There is a wonderful line-up of speakers and workshops on offer.”

Scott Hill, chairman of EDLC Trust, said: “The Trust and sportscotland are committed to strengthening our partnership through the development of well-supported coaches within local clubs.”

He added: “This conference is ideal for club coaches, volunteers, PE teachers and sports professionals.

“World-class speakers from within UK and Scottish sport will deliver highly motivational cross-sport workshops, relevant to today’s sporting environment, tailored to meet the needs of the coaches attending.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear from industry experts in the world of sport, network with peers and share learning back in your club environment. Book your place now to avoid disappointment.”

Coaching Insight costs £10 per person, with discounts for group bookings. For more information contact Stuart Alexander - Club and Volunteer Development Officer at the Trust - on 0141 578 8459 or visit www.edlc.co.uk