Kirsteen Sawers has been appointed a non-executive director of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) and in her first week has signed up to take part in Pedal for Scotland on the 8th of September, a 45 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
A Director with Barclays based in Glasgow, Kirsteen is passionate about the impact sport can have on building confidence amongst young people and was instrumental in setting up an award winning netball club in Bishopbriggs, having taken up the sport herself.
Kirsteen will be taking part in the cycling event alongside SSF’s CEO, Kirsty McNab, whom she met at a Buggy Bootcamp following the birth of their children seven years ago.
She said, “I haven’t owned a bike since I was 13 so taking this on is going to be a big challenge!
“When I was at school my PE teacher was a great role model to me and gave me the confidence to realise that I could go to university and have a successful career. I’ve never forgotten that and through Kirsty, I’ve admired the work SSF have been doing all over Scotland for some time now to help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. If I can reach out to any young people the way my PE teacher did to me then I will be delighted.
“Life is tough for these young people for lots of reasons and sport is a great way of creating a community and providing an opportunity to engage and help. I’m really looking forward to contributing to the Board and helping to shaping the charity’s valuable work.”
Welcoming Kirsteen to the Board, Kirsty McNab, CEO added, “Kirsteen will be a great ambassador for the charity and has been quick to roll her sleeves up and get involved. She has an impeccable skills set which will be of tremendous value to our work and I’m delighted she’s on board.”