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The winner of Fife Active School's Primary School Volunteer of the Year is...
This year, we were delighted to sponsor Fife Active School's Primary School Volunteer of the Year award at its Virtual Awards Evening 2020. All of the nominees within this award category have in their own merit made a massive difference to the active lives of the children and young people in our schools and communities. You can more hear all about the nominee's terrific stories here.
However, there could only be one winner for this award, and we're delighted to announce that this accolade has went to Elaine Thomson. Congratulations Elaine!!
Elaine is currently a class teacher as St John's RC Primary School in Rosyth and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the impact that physical education (PE) has on our children's fitness and overall confidence levels. Here is what Elaine has to say about her love of PE: "What I love about physical education is seeing children develop new skills and gain confidence, whether its catching a ball for the first time or performing a layup. If we can make PE and physical sport enjoyable learning experiences, then our children are more likely to continue on sporting pathways in the wider community."
Pictured left: FVA presenting Elaine with her award at St Johns RC primary school - From left to right: Elaine Thomson and Neil Bird, FVA's new Head of Volunteering Development.
In her role, Elaine developed a Sports Council which has become a hub for those interested in helping to make to PE more accessible to the children, and as a result of her tremendous efforts and dedication to PE, Elaine helped her school win the prestigious Sports Scotland gold award in 2019.
Following on from this, Elaine's role has been to ensure that she continues to develop sporting opportunities for the children at her school:
"We aim to provide a wide range of before and after school clubs, for different ages (some at no cost), to ensure inclusion and equity for all. Clubs are led by community coaches, teaching staff and our young leaders. A new initiative I introduced last session was 'Breakfast and a Blether' which recognised and rewarded children who continually go over and above in PE and health lessons. During home learning, this changed to Hot Chocolate Friday awards, which I delivered to children's homes - a great way to celebrate success at the end of the week!"
Outside of her professional role, Elaine is also a volunteer coach for several before and after school clubs including football, basketball, badminton, handball, athletics and tennis.
To find out more about the winners of the other award categories, please check out Fife Active School's Facebook page.