Graeme Duncan

As an Active Schools Co-ordinator, Graeme helps to get children more physically active before, during and after school.

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development, 2010

Tell me more about what your job involves?

My job is to get children more physically active before, during and after school.

I mainly do that through volunteer recruitment and working with local clubs. We try to stay away from paid coaches and aim to make all activities free of charge.

It’s a very varied job. One day you can be focussing on rugby for seniors at a high school, the next you could be working on a cross country event for kids at a primary school. You’re not just working with one sport or the same group of children. It’s a great job.

How important are projects like these?

Absolutely essential, especially within Scotland. We have an obesity crisis and children can find it a lot more interesting to go home and play on their iPad or Xbox. These programmes help to keep children interested in sport and physical activity.

I always see us as being the first step towards introducing children to sport. We might put on an after school football class and that might be the first opportunity they have to take part in that sport. Then they might progress into their local club, and perhaps carry on that pathway.

I’ll always recommend that people join a sports team when they go to university. I made friends for life from all over the country.
Graeme Duncan | Fife Council | Active Schools Co-ordinator

How did your Abertay degree help you get to where you are now?

Very, very important! For me the most important part was working with different groups and individuals – every lecturer is different, and has different interests. You work on group tasks with different students and it helps you interact with different people.

I was captain of the football team at Abertay and that was one of the main driving forces for me. It gave me an interest outside of the lectures and tutorials, and helped shape where I wanted to go with my life.

I’ll always recommend that people join a sports team when they go to university. I made friends for life from all over the country.

What advice do you have for our current students?

Embrace everything. Make the most of your time at university – Dundee is a great city to live in and has so much to offer for students. It’s only getting better too.

 

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