Posted on 10/09/2019 in Education News


The second cohort, of seven students, started their studies on our BSc in Developing Athletes Through Professional Practice, at Edinburgh Napier University, on Monday. 

With the help of sportscotland investment, Scottish Gymnastics are delighted to support these coaches who are committed to taking their next professional development step in their coaching career.

As the students work through the two-year course, they will study contemporary problems that coaches face on a day to day basis with their gymnasts including: performance psychology, stress behaviours effecting competition and coaching athletes within a holistic development environment.

Some of the coaches has this to say about starting the course:

I’m really delighted to be starting the BSc degree at Edinburgh Napier. Walking around the university today has really inspired me to push myself within my coaching career whilst making sure I get the best out of my gymnasts

I’m looking forward to the challenge of completing a degree having never had the opportunity to complete one before. With it being specific to gymnastics is a bonus!

I’m looking forward to putting the theory into practice with my gymnasts - within all sections of the club

Best of luck to all the coaches who have embarked on their further education!


Coaches on the BSc in Developing Athletes Through Professional Practice

Kelvin Cham – City of Glasgow

Shannon Archer – Dynamic Gymnastics Academy

Debi McPhee – Jump Gymnastics

Emma Melville – Astro Gymnastics 

Anna Macdonald – Alloa Gymnastics 

Nicole Higginson – Astro Gymnastics  

Beth Paterson – Central Gymnastics Academy

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