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Patricia Ferguson, minister for tourism, culture and sport, has launched the new sport strategy for sport in Scotland, called Reaching Higher.

The strategy will initially focus on training volunteers and coaches, as volunteers comprise the majority of the sports workforce.

John Zimny, chair of SkillsActive in Scotland, said: “Through research undertaken with employers and volunteers in sport, we are aware of a need to do more to support the development of those working in sport, so they can deliver the best possible service and give individuals greater personal satisfaction in what they do as well as opportunities to progress in their careers.

“If we are to meet the ambitious targets of more people participating in sport and also better performances from our talented athletes, we need a workforce that is fully skilled and trained to do this.”

Under the strategy, the Scottish Executive aims to ensure that new recruits have good careers advice and realistic expectations of what a career in the sport and active leisure sector entails.

The Executive aims both to support the continual professional development of those already working in sport as a volunteer or paid employee and to establish that training options and qualifications delivered by providers actually meet the needs of employers.

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Patricia Ferguson, minister for tourism, culture and sport, has launched the new sport strategy for sport in Scotland, called Reaching Higher.
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