FOUR young women from Renfrewshire have that winning feeling after securing jobs in the world of sport.

After time spent volunteering and studying, Samantha Duncan, from Linwood, Amy Couttie, of Howwood, Erin Campbell, from Houston, and Tammy Johnston, of Paisley, have achieved their dream of becoming sports coaches.

Samantha, 23, found her passion for sport by taking part in competitive street dancing, once finishing an impressive fifth in the sport’s world championships.

She is now a full-time Active Schools co-ordinator with Renfrewshire Leisure.

Samantha said: “My experiences and a passion for sport made me understand the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.

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“I continued my journey by taking a Sports Leaders course at school and completed the Renfrewshire School of Sport education programme.

“Throughout my studies at college and university, where I gained a degree in Sports Development, I volunteered as a coach with the Active Schools programme, promoting and developing dance and gymnastics to young people.”

Amy, 24, was bitten by the sport bug when she was 14, after volunteering to help run clubs at her primary school.

She secured a job as a sessional sports coach at Renfrewshire Leisure after four years of coaching in schools and is now an Active Schools and community club development officer.

Amy said: “I am on cloud nine that I’ve managed to get a full-time job with Active Schools.”
Erin’s involvement with the Active Schools programme began while she was studying for a degree in Sport and Physical Activity.

The 23-year-old said: “I had to arrange a work placement as part of the course and my local Active Schools programme seemed like the ideal place.

“This gave me valuable experience and I’ve now got a full-time job as an Active Schools co-ordinator.”

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Tammy was at university, studying for a Sports Development degree, when she became a sessional coach with Active Schools.

She is now a full-time Active Schools co-ordinator.

Tammy, 21, said: “I love walking into schools and feeling that I am making a difference to young people’s lives.

“I never thought I would be where I am today, working in my dream job.”

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