Fife's rising sport stars get training boost

We are supporting talented young sporting stars across the region participating in a recently-launched elite athlete development programme.

We have  teamed up with Active Schools and are supporting its new initiative, Fife Sports Stars, which has seen 13 young people from across Fife be selected to participate in a unique programme to help develop their talents and inspire others to compete in sports.

The move will see us offer the young athletes free access to our gyms followed by a discounted Leisure Active –our low-cost membership programme – junior membership.

Fife Sports Stars
Photo left to right: Rebecca Dickson (age 15, fencer), Lucy Renton (age 17, golfer) and Emma Watt (age 15, figure skater) work out with the help of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust’s support.

Fife Sports Stars is designed to work closely with some to the region’s most accomplished secondary school pupils aged 13-18, competing in sport locally, regionally or internationally. The participants specialise in a range of sports including tennis, cycling, karate, figure skating, pole vault, fencing, hammer and shot, golf, judo, curling, baton twirling, karate and downhill mountain biking.

Sharon Johnstone, area leisure manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “The trust is committed to delivering affordable and quality facilities to help people of all ages and abilities to get active. We have a number of initiatives and programmes to encourage young people to get active so that they can foster a lifelong love of staying active.

“Fife Sports Stars is an excellent programme which helps promote role models to inspire others to get active and enjoy sports – we are delighted to be working in partnership with Active Schools to help widen access to the trust’s facilities for these talented youngsters.”

Casey Fitzpatrick, Active Schools co-ordinator, said: “This is the first year of the Fife Sports Stars programme and we are very pleased with the reaction of the participants and partner organisations.

“The programme is designed to develop the athlete in terms of their performance and as an individual, giving them the tools necessary to progress competitively but also learn skills which will help them maintain a long-term career with advice on such things as sponsorship,  self-confidence, communication and sports injury prevention.

“Our aim for Fife Sports Stars is to be a platform which supports athletes and provides access to advice and expertise which would otherwise not be available to them, and, for the participants to demonstrate to others that success in sports is possible by delivering presentations and talks to their peers.”

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Fife Sports Stars

The Fife Sports Stars programme works in partnership with Sports Development, Champions in Schools, Scottish Institute of Sport, Sky Sports Academy, Fife College, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Community Use Schools. As part of the programme, a number of former and current elite athletes will support and mentor Fife Sports Stars.

Fife Sports Stars participants:

Gemma Filshill



Ross Birrel


Cycling (Various) and Athletics

Eilidh Poole



Emma Watt


Figure Skating

Dylan Thomson


Pole Vault

Rebecca Dickson



Emma Rae

Dunfermline HS


Lucy Renton



Ryan Turnbull

St Columbus


Alysia Rennie



Kianna Shearer

Kirkcaldy HS

Baton Twirling

Daniel Finlayson



Tia Jensen


Downhill Mountain Biking

Sam Whitton