Kelly Holmes to visit the isles
Sports star Dame Kelly Holmes will be visiting the inaugural Shetland Sports Conference on 3rd October.
The event will be held at the Clickimin and the world class athlete will be a headline speaker at the event.
She will also be joined by chief executive officer for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Emma Atkins and multiple medal winner Karen Darke, a London 2012 Paralympic Games medallist and Team GB cycling member for Rio 2016.
The Shetland Sports Conference will host a number of courses, workshops and talks by leading sports figures.
SIC convener Malcolm Bell, said: “I am delighted that such inspirational figures as Dame Kelly Holmes and Karen Darke are coming to Shetland as part of the inaugural Shetland Sports Conference.
“This will be an outstanding opportunity for our sports people, of all ages and abilities, to rub shoulders with the very cream of UK sport and sports coaching. The support of sportscotland was key, and demand for places will undoubtedly be high.”
Representatives from a wide range of sports governing bodies including Scottish Football, Scottish Swimming, Badminton Scotland, Scottish Squash, Scottish Disability Sport and sportscotland Institute of Sport will be giving coach and player development sessions, aimed at supporting clubs and sportspeople in Shetland.
Meanwhile, head of strength and performance conditioning with sportscotland’s Institute of Sport, Phil Moreland, will lead a number of bespoke sessions concerning preparation and conditioning for competitions.
The conference will also see the launch of a Shetland-based coach development programme called Coach Connect, which is a partnership between sportscotland, Shetland Islands Council, sports governing bodies and sports coaches in Shetland.
The scheme includes activities designed to support the development of sports coaches through specific workshops.
Local organisations will also be offering workshops for clubs at the conference. Shetland Islands Council’s external funding officer Michael Duncan will present a session for sports clubs, focusing on funding in Shetland.
Voluntary Action Shetland will be running a workshop looking at how sports clubs can use social media.
Executive manager of Shetland Islands Council’s sport and leisure service, Neil Watt, said: “Shetland has had a great year of sporting successes, including our achievements at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey.
“The Shetland Sports Conference seeks to build on these and aims to develop Shetland’s sporting potential for the future with a specific focus on athletes, clubs and young people. I’m delighted that such an array of inspirational people will be coming to Shetland to tell us their stories and support us on our journey.”