Key Support for National Team Programmes

As part of the exciting new partnership announced this morning by Scottish Volleyball, CEO Margaret Ann Fleming said, ‘We are delighted to confirm that a key objective is to support our National Teams and Beach Performance Programme.’

The staff at UWS, who delivery the BA (Hons.) Degree course in Sports Coaching & Development, have an extensive background in sport and academia.  Several of them already work with performance athletes across a range of sports.  Having this expertise available to work alongside our National Teams is a great ‘coup’ for the programme.  National Team coach, Ally Jack, confirmed “I was delighted to learn of the partnership with the University of the West of Scotland sports team. Working with the UWS staff on a range of topics including, sports psychology, physical preparation and nutrition will bring a wealth of knowledge to our coaching staff, which can only benefit the players and wider programme.  I also look forward to helping shape the next generation of sports professionals, who are undertaking their degree at the UWS Ayr campus”

Drew Wallace, Programme Leader of the BA (Hons.) Sports Coaching & Development degree at UWS, Ayr Campus –  “This partnership presents a great opportunity primarily for the students, but also for the staff, to work closely with a highly regarded National Governing Body, which is amongst the best in the country and has a vast amount of expertise in the precise areas that our programme covers.  The intention is that this official partnership leads to many great experiences for our students, ultimately making them more employable and work ready on graduation from our popular degree programme.”

Ben Pipes OLY performance manager Scottish Volleyball beach programme “Partnership working is key to performance sport and I am delighted to learn of this new partnership with the UWS team.  I look forward to working with and sharing some of my experiences with the students of the course.  The expertise of the UWS staff will also be a valuable asset to the beach performance programme as we embark on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and beyond”.

Andy Fleming Scottish Volleyball Coaching and Clubs officer “I have worked with the team at UWS over the past few years, delivering coach education. This partnership really takes it to the next level.  The opportunity for the team at UWS to support our National Teams really excites me and all the staff at Scottish Volleyball”.

You can listen in to staff from both Scottish Volleyball and the University of the West of Scotland on a special Scottish Volleyball TV live tonight on YouTube and Facebook at 1900hrs