Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week 2023 | Melanie Stewart Wills on Coaching
The 2023 Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week takes place from the 2 to 8 October promoting not only visibility & participation of women and girls in sport but the benefits of physical activity at all ages.
Last weekend at the Scottish National Championships we spoke to our double-mini trampoline (DMT) national technical lead, Melanie Stewart Wills on the topic. Coaching at Banchory, Melanie works with recreational through to performance level gymnasts and was recently recognised for her international achievements with a Master Coach Award from British Gymnastics.
“[DMT] is such a dynamic and exciting thing to take part in and to watch, that’s why I love it. I think girls, particularly gymnasts, enjoy it as it’s a mix of gymnastics; running, tumbling, vaulting, everything is there. There is also the artistry, in making it look good as well which is a huge part of it.”
Speaking about the importance of working with women and girls in sport and promoting an active lifestyle she commented:
“It doesn’t matter what level; the importance is them joining in from recreational right up. It’s not just about staying fit physically and mentally, it is also great on the social side of things as well. We have mixed classes of ability and age, which I think is just wonderful for all young women and girls.
If someone finds something that they really love to do at their own level then that’s good for them physically, mentally, emotionally, everything the full package is there. Coaching means everything to me, it’s a chance to do a job I love every day. To think that I can make a difference in these young girls’ lives is incredible.”
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