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Stirling hosts conference to inspire young leaders ahead of Glasgow 2014

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Jo Buchanan-Smith with Cameron Brodie
Lead 2014 Trainer Jo Buchanan-Smith and Cameron Brodie

Stirling student and Glasgow 2014 hopeful swimmer Cameron Brodie joined more than 150 pupils and students from across Central Scotland today to take part in the innovative Lead 2014 youth leadership and volunteering campaign.

The Lead 2014 conference is part of the build-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, was hosted by the University of Stirling - Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence - and inspired pupils from 22 secondary schools and students from the University to use sport as the springboard to hone and develop their leadership skills.

A partnership between sportscotland, Youth Sport Trust and Glasgow 2014, Lead 2014 sees pupils mentored by university student volunteers in how to plan, organise and manage a Commonwealth Games themed sports festival, which the pupils then run in their own communities.

Cameron, who won a silver medal with Team Scotland at Delhi 2010, outlined his experiences of competing at international level and joined in with the activities.

Pupils from schools across Stirling, Fife, West Lothian, Argyll and Bute, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross and Falkirk all took part.

Nicola Duffy, Lead 2014 Co-ordinator at the University of Stirling, said: “We are delighted to host a Lead 2014 conference for so many pupils across the Stirling and central area. The University is proud to have been pioneers of the Lead 2014  programme, which is an integral part of our extensive volunteering pathway and one which our students relish being part of.”

In addition to pupil and student education, the campaign also offers an information workshop for secondary school PE teachers and Active Schools Coordinators, helping them make the most of sports leadership developments taking place in their schools.

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