Vasillis the Superstar Ambassador

The sportscotland Young Ambassador (YA) leadership programme was introduced to Kaimes Special School in 2016. The pupil selected for this role was Vasillis Gregoriou.

Vasillis Gregoriou selfie photo against plain background

At this point, he simply enjoyed a wide range of sports and regularly attended Active Schools clubs such as basketball and boccia.

However, he took to the role immediately. Vasillis embraced every opportunity to develop his leadership skills and he has made a significant contribution to sport both within his school and the local community.

‘Well done Vasillis you are a superstar!’

Vasillis undertook a Boccia Leaders course which enabled him to not only participate in the boccia club but also to lead elements of the session. Vasilis has also supported the Kaimes primary pupils at the basketball club, ensuring they are always fully involved in games as well as helping them to develop their playing techniques.

Within the wider community, Vasillis supported the Liberton Cluster P7 Transition Sports Day at Liberton High School and assisted in coaching volleyball to every P7 group. He hadn’t previously played volleyball but in true ‘Vasillis style’, he was willing to put his hand to it and get involved! He has also delivered boccia to Gilmerton Primary P5 classes interacting well with pupils who listened to his every word.

As Jill Coleman, the Active Schools Coordinator for Kaimes and other Special Schools across Edinburgh comments, ‘I’ve had the pleasure of working with Vasillis in his role of Young Ambassador during his final year in school. Vasillis’ confidence has grown through his involvement in the YA Programme and he has become a great role model for pupils at Kaimes. It has been a pleasure to work with him and see him grow into a young man over the past year. He will be missed very much by myself and staff and pupils at Kaimes. Well done Vasillis you are a superstar!’

This September, Vasillis is off to Edinburgh College to undertake one of their entry to education courses - his longer-term aim being to secure employment within the sports industry.

Kaimes School is proud winners of sportscotland’s Gold School Sports Award. Vasillis is pictured centre right at the Awards Ceremony.

group of young people posing beside a scortscotland gold award banner

Footnote: The Young Ambassador programme in Edinburgh is delivered as a partnership between Active Schools and Edinburgh Leisure. All 23 High Schools are registered in the Young Ambassador programme (a national initiative). In Edinburgh, there are currently 46 young people recruited as ambassadors for sport across the city.

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