Ali Grant Receives Coaching Award



Congratulations to Ali Grant of RowPorty who has been awarded The Andrew McMenigal Community Coach of the Year 2016 by City of Edinburgh Council in conjunction with ClubSportEdinburgh and SportScotland.

There was no short-list for this particular Award as the panel decided that, out of the candidates put forward, there was one who was ‘outstanding’.  As well as coaching in her home club, Ali co-ordinates coaching on the committee of SCRA and has contributed to the growth of the St Ayles skiff class and the enjoyment of it by others, in so many ways.




The nomination included the following explanation:  “Ali coaches novice members of Rowporty Community Coastal Rowing Club in rowing technique, boat safety and general enjoyment of this all inclusive sport. This includes people of all ages (16 – 70) and levels of experience drawn from the local community. She has also developed and coaches a cox’s training course which she delivers to  members of clubs throughout the wider community of Scottish Coastal Rowing – again covering all aspect of coxing a seagoing boat and aimed at all levels of ability. In her professional capacity as a Senior Youth Worker at  Muirhouse Youth Development Project,  she has initiated and driven forward the building of a St Ayles skiff and coached the crew of young students to a high level of competency.”ali-coaching-room


Her training of coxes across the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association has imparted technical and safety skill to clubs throughout Scotland enabled safe participation not only in social rowing but also competitive rowing in St Ayles skiffs at all levels. Her work with young people has undoubtedly had a positive impact on their lives – building confidence and widening their horizons through her coaching in all aspects of rowing.

The Award was presented by Commonwealth Jodo gold medalist Louise Renicks.  Congratulations to Ali Grant on receipt of a very deserved recognition, and thank you for all you do.

Photos from a coaching course on Lewis, from the An Eathar facebook page.




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