Owen McLaren has been coaching St Bernadette's PS Basketball Team for the past 4 years, building the team and taking them on to be the Western Conference Primary Basketball League winners, a great achievement for a small school.
He is an engaging volunteer offering to run lots of activities to fill his free time since finishing his course at Uni.
To broaden his skills and experiences he has been coaching at the Disability Multi Sports Club at Grangemouth Complex, once a week since Christmas and is a very valued member of the team.
Falkirk Active School are fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed volunteer, who we wish well in moving into the world of work.
Name: Owen McLaren
Occupation: Student, just about to graduate
Favourite sport / activity: Basketball
How long have you been a volunteer with Active Schools? 4 years
How did you get involved with Active Schools?
My Mum, she works in St Bernadette’s and roped me in. The children wanted a Basketball club and she didn’t know what to do, so asked for my help.
What do you enjoy most about Volunteering?
I like working with children and seeing them develop.
How has being a volunteer with Active Schools benefited you?
t has given me life skills and work experience and helped me through University and to complete my dissertation.
Describe your most memorable moment from your time as a volunteer with Active Schools?
Winning the West Basketball conference this year.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years time? Being an Active Schools Co-ordinator
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer? Just do it, ask and get involved, there is always an opportunity.
If you could try one sport that you’ve never done before what would it be? American Football
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?
Luxury Item – ipad Book – what is one of those? Been too busy reading journals for Uni! Music – Anything by the Beatles!