Congratulations to our Active Schools Volunteer of the Month for October - Matthew Thompson. Matthew has been coaching table tennis and multi-sports clubs at Grangemouth High School for the past year and has overseen a significant growth in the numbers of children attending both clubs during this time.
Active Schools Coordinator at Grangemouth HS - Blair Ferguson said, “Matthew is one of the integral reasons for the high number of kids participating in both clubs he leads. Keep up the good work!”
Meet Our Star Volunteer
Name: Matthew Thompson
Age (optional): 17
Occupation: Senior Pupil at Grangemouth High School
Favourite sport / activity: Football and Table Tennis
How long have you been a volunteer with Active Schools? 1 year
How did you get involved with Active Schools? Volunteering at school
What do you enjoy most about Volunteering? Seeing the kids improve their skills and seeing them enjoy themselves.
How has being a volunteer with Active Schools benefited you? It has given me important skills which I can use when I leave school.
Describe your most memorable moment from your time as a volunteer with Active Schools? My most memorable moment from volunteering with AS was witnessing the vast improvement in the table tennis class from week 1 playing for the first time to the final weeks playing with so much confidence.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years time? Either finishing university or working as a PE teacher.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer? Do it! You will get great enjoyment from being able to see the improvement in the kids’ ability which you have played a part in and to see them having a good time in general is great. Also, always have a back-up plan just in case your original session doesn’t go as you had hoped.
If you could try one sport that you’ve never done before what would it be? Downhill Mountain Biking
If you were left on a desert island and could take with you a luxury item, a book, and a piece of music. What would they be and why? I would take my guitar so I would have something fun to do and enjoy. I would take either a guitar songbook to learn new songs or a Lee children’s book as the stories are great. I would take my phone with spotify so I could listen to any type of music I like.
Friday, 21st October 2016