Pupils from Rothesay Academy have been working alongside one of the UK’s top athletes in a bid to challenge themselves and increase their self-confidence.
As part of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, a number of the school’s S4 pupils have been working with Judo player Patrick Dawson - who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – to try and build their confidence and expand the skills they need in order to achieve at school.
Participating students have already amazed their fellow pupils and staff with the improvements in their confidence and look set to deliver a presentation based on their project to a large group of pupils and elite athletes in Glasgow, where they will have the opportunity to win tickets to a national event in London.
The pupils have spoken passionately about their experiences and the skills they have developed, and Patrick is sure that they are on track to achieve.
As part of the programme the students are also delivering a community project aimed at helping others who find it difficult to succeed, although the details of this have still to be finalised.
Argyll and Bute Council’s spokesperson for Education and lifelong learning, Councillor Rory Colville, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see young people at Rothesay Academy taking part in a mentoring programme with a difference.
“We want to ensure that every child in Argyll and Bute is given the opportunities to succeed and we want to encourage children and young people to have the skills and confidence needed to reach their goals. Every child is equal and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust enables children, some of whom who are perhaps at a disadvantage, to really shine through. I wish the programme every success.”