Bowls Scotland Tutor Q&A: Valerie Ogilvie
Our skilled team of Bowls Scotland Tutors help deliver our coach education courses all over Scotland. Some of the tutor workforce have taken part in a Q&A to tell us more about their role and what they love about bowls.
First up is Val Ogilvie from Dundonald BC, who as part of her role helped deliver Level 1 coaching during this Summer’s European Championships at Northfield. Val is also a member of Bowls Scotland’s Empowering Women in Bowls working group and is passionate about encouraging others to try bowls, the ‘sport for all.’
Read her Q&A below…
Full Name: Val Ogilvie
Club: Dundonald BC
1) Describe your role as a Bowls Scotland Tutor
As a bowls tutor i deliver Level 1 coaching courses. I guide the learners through the course by providing them with the skills and qualities required to coach the main shots of the game and how activities can be adapted to suit athlete's needs.
2) Why did you decide to become a tutor?
I decided to become a tutor to pass on my knowledge, skill and techniques onto other coaches to allow them to be able to take this back to their club to develop their members. With more qualified coaches in the sport hopefully this will encourage more people to take up the sport and increase memberships.
3) What do you like best about coaching?
The best part of coaching is seeing athletes enjoy taking part in the game and having success - no matter the level.
4) What advice would you give someone looking to try bowls?
Give it a go - it is a great sport for all ages and abilities. It is a great social sport where you get to meet so many people from different clubs.
5) What is your favourite thing about bowls?
I love bowls because I get to play with my family. I can play competitively or just for fun.
Bowls Scotland are currently looking to recruit more female tutors to help deliver our coach education courses in 2023 and beyond. If you have been inspired by Val’s story, please get in touch with our Coach & Volunteer Manager, Adam Martin, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07591 825874 for an informal discussion.