Kerry Ann Grant, 18, came on board with Scottish Sport Futures through the Chance:2:Be programme, a 12-week course which gave her the opportunity to earn qualifications and gain work experience.
Kerry Ann, from Ruchazie in Glasgow, recalls: “When I first started the Chance:2:Be programme I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I had just come out of doing childcare at college, it wasn’t for me.”
After completing a volunteering placement, Kerry Ann finished her course with seven qualifications and from there, became a trained leader with the Jump2it Families programme.
Jump2it Families is designed to give young people a safe environment to enjoy sport for free while providing education on the risks of alcohol and smoking and the benefits of eating well. Kerry Ann is a real advocate for the programme.
“I love working with the young people in the community, it’s amazing to be the person that is enhancing their involvement and seeing them develop.”
As well as volunteering with SSF, Kerry Ann has gained additional experience through volunteering with other organisations like Pinkston Basin, where she supports young people onto the water. Currently studying advanced sport and fitness in college, progressing towards further study in August, Kerry Ann has a simple message about the impact of sport:
“Sport has made a huge difference in my life.”
In February 2019 Kerry Ann won the SSF Journey of Personal Development Award, a tribute to her commitment to making the most of the opportunities available to her.
Kerry Ann’s colleagues speak very highly of her, praising her commitment and engagement in the Jump2it Families programme.
Demi Mitchell, programme coordinator at Jump2it Families, says: "Kerry Ann is a huge driver for a healthy living programme, she shouts SSF messages from the rooftops through her college work and volunteering. You can tell she’s very passionate about it.”
Kerry Ann was one of five nominees for the Journey of Personal Development 2019 award. During the award ceremony on 8 February at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, awards were made in 10 categories, celebrating coaches, ambassadors, partners and volunteers.
Find out more
- Get to know the winners of the sportscotland SSF Awards 2019
- Read more about the SSF programmes and how to get involved