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Leaders in Sport and Physical Activity

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In 2019, the Futures Forum and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have hosted a series of seminars hearing from leaders in sport and physical activity.

Each has been asked to share the lessons they’ve learned in their journey through sport, along with their thoughts about the future.

The seminars are for MSPs, MSP staff and Parliament staff. Where possible, outputs from the seminars are made available here.


Shelley Kerr

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On Wednesday 8 May 2019, the Head Coach of the Scotland Women’s National Team, Shelley Kerr, spoke at the Parliament in a seminar chaired by the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP.

Listen to a podcast of Shelley’s presentation here:

The slides that Shelley used are available here:

The Q&A session ranged widely, bringing in Shelley’s clear belief that support for sport and physical activity in the early years is vital in building a healthy nation.


Gregor Townsend

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On Tuesday 15 January 2019, head coach of the Scotland men’s rugby team Gregor Townsend spoke at the Parliament on the lessons for leadership that he had learned through his rugby career, both as a player and coach at the highest level.

Chaired by the Health and Sport Committee Convener, Lewis Macdonald MSP, the seminar covered Gregor’s playing career with Gala in the Borders, as well as England, France, Australia and South Africa.