Arbroath athlete to aid sports culture

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D&A College has shown a huge commitment to sports and wellbeing with the founding of a sports union in time for the new academic year.

Students at all three campuses, Arbroath, Gardyne and Kingsway, are being offered the chance to get involved in all forms of sport and physical activity.

D&A is only the second college in the country to adopt the sports union model, designed to encourage and support students keen to engage with sports both at competitive and recreational level.

Co-ordinating the work of the newly-established sports union is Craig Nicoll who has taken up the role of sport and wellbeing officer at the college. While Craig is looking forward to working with the established sports teams at college including the football, volleyball, rugby, and trampoline squads, the Arbroath resident is also keen to encourage new sports and other physical activities.

A former student at the Arbroath Campus, where he studied sports coaching and development, Craig, went on to gain an honours degree in sports coaching before taking various posts including youth programme manager, sports projects worker in schools as well as delivering community sports projects.

The 23-year-old also enjoyed a stint coaching Arbroath FC youth squads.

“Apart from the positive health impact associated with sport, I’m a huge believer in the more intangible benefits of sport, for instance the social side of being involved with like-minded people and the links that have been perceived between health and academic success,” said Craig.

“As well as working with the sports teams at college I am looking forward to working with curriculum staff and establishing wellbeing projects and awareness-raising on a cross-college basis. My aim is to establish a culture for sport and exercise around D&A College and to help the college gain recognition as a leading institution when it comes to sport and wellbeing.”