SB Connect Winter 2016

Ambassadors fly the flag for games

The Scottish Borders Active Schools team and Borders Young Ambassadors have hosted the first ‘Adistar’ conference recently.

The UK-wide Young Ambassador programme is a result of the promise London made to the world when they won the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic games – to use the power of the Games to inspire millions of young people to choose sport.

It was launched in the Borders last year by Kelso High School, which recruited four young people into the role of Borders Young Ambassadors. Kirsty Hill, Ben Leslie, Anna Ramsay and James Stewart have been busy raising the profile of the Games among children, schools and in the community – acting as role models to inspire young people to take part in sport no matter what their ability may be.

This year, with the support of Active Schools, Youth Sports Trust, new sponsors Adidas and the local secondary schools, the programme has expanded across the region, with an additional seven secondary schools coming on board. Each of the schools has recruited two representatives to act as Adistar Ambassadors and take forward the initiative within their own school and community.

The Adistars attended a training conference organised and led by the Platinum Ambassadors from Kelso High School, to learn more about their role.

Shirley Webb, former Olympic hammer thrower, attended the training conference as a guest speaker and worked with the young people throughout the day.

They will now act as mentors and manage the 16 Adistars, working to create a legacy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

More information about the Borders Young Ambassadors is available from