E-Colors Champions

E-Colors Champions

Ben McMahon from E-Colors talks about the Highland Wildcats, pioniering the E-Color’s Champion programme in Europe…

“Over the last two years it has been an absolute pleasure to bring E-Colors to the Highland Wildcats, but what makes it even more special is to see these young people grow and develop not just on the field but in the community as well.

On behalf of Equilibria, Tina McGregor and myself, I am thrilled that I am able to recommend that Euan Crawford, Haris Ryalls, Colin Hamilton, Chris Shaw and Stephen McMeechan be named E-Color champions which are the first of their kind in Europe.

Having had a chance to speak to them about their experience with E-Colors and personal intervention it became clear that they had learnt to implement and excel at both, leading them to be much more intentional leaders moving forward and to make the most of any opportunity that comes their way

I will be keeping an eye on these young men moving forward as I expect to see some great things as they guide others within the Highland community to becoming E-Colors champions.

An E-Colors champion is someone who has become fully aware of their own strengths and potential limiters and how best to use them. They understand that not everyone is the same and all need to be treated like individuals. There is an old saying: “treat someone how you would like to be treated”. At Equilibria we believe in something slightly different: “treat people how they would like to be treated”. An E-Color champion also understands personal intervention and the power of choice and that no one can control your actions but yourself.”

Here’s Ben McMahon and Tina McGregor talking a little bit about E-Colors at this year’s Blitz Awards back in November:

Young Ambassador

Haris RyallsOne of the Highland Wildcats players was part of a sportscotland event earlier this week in Eden Court. Haris Ryalls was selected from pupils in Inverness Highschool and invited to the Highland wide event aimed at training young people to become ambassadors for sport in their school.

Young Ambassadors is a programme for young people in school between the ages of 14 and 17 run by sportscotland. Their role is to motivate and inspire other young people from primary and secondary schools across Scotland to get involved in sport and to generate enthusiasm for major games.

Haris was offered the opportunity after his continuing work promoting sport (including American football) to younger pupils and to people in his own year. He has set up sessions through the Wildcats Pathways programme and working with Active Schools. He was also part of the staff for the Highland Academy Community League team in the Inverness High School.

Crimestoppers

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The Crimestoppers Highlands and Islands committee have brought on board new volunteers from American football team the Highland Wildcats.

Robbie Paulin (Youth Development Officer for the Pathways project), Niall Martin and Nathan Ross (Wildcats players) have recently been on the ball with the Crimestoppers youth team, Fearless, helping to educate 11-16 year olds about crime and empowering them to do the right thing if ever faced with criminality.

The trio (pictured above in the back row) were welcomed by the committee at their latest meeting, chaired by Jim Ferguson (pictured front, centre) at Inverness Police HQ.

“Volunteers are vital to us – they help us to carry out our work across Scotland and we’re incredibly grateful for their hard work. We were delighted to bring on board Robbie, Niall and Nathan as volunteers with the committee and we’re looking forward to carrying out new activities with them in the coming months.” – Angela Parker, National Manager for Crimestoppers Scotland.

Development Squad Win

Last Sunday whilst the Junior Wildcats were playing a tight game against the Lanarkshire Longhorns at Beltane Park, the youth development squad met up with the East Kilbride Pirates. This time a game and scrimmage took place with the Wildcats development squad enjoying another taste of competition.

A 12 man team, mostly made up of rookie players, took to the field to take on the Pirates. On this occassion the Wildcat development squad all contributed to a good 42-6 win against players from the Pirates.

After the game the Wildcats played defense so that the Pirates offense could get more game time.

Wildcats Development Coach, Martin Macpherson, was pleased with the days events. “The game was a great opportunity for the development guys to continue their progress going against a good opponent. This time we had the chance for some of our players to try different positions as well as more game experience. It is tough to break into our main youth squad and stay there, and the effort all of my squad keep putting in will help them get there. I would like to thank the East Kilbride Pirates for giving us the opportunity for giving our development guys more game experience.”

Head Coach of the Highland Wildcats, Robbie Paulin, added, “I’m really pleased that some of my newer players are getting a chance for more game time. We’ve worked closely with the East Kilbride Pirates this season to get these extra events set up and I think both squads have benefited. We’ve now got another event on 4 July that will see a team from TouchdownUK based in Edinburgh coming up to Inverness to play some games against our development players. We’re grateful to BAFA for giving us the go ahead for this event and hope that it’s the first of many!”

E-Colors Support

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This year Equilibria have supported the Highland Wildcats 2015 campaign by providing an E-Colors in Sport course for their players and staff. This will take place at Millburn Academy on 22 July and because of Equilibria’s support it will be completely free for all members. This in-kind sponsorship from Equilibria has also allowed the Wildcats to access sportsmatch funding to further improve their volunteer coach development programme.

Lead Coach for the E-Colors in Sports Programme, Ben McMahon gave his background on how he became involved in E-Colors. “This year I enter my 15th year of coaching, I have coached in the UK and Spain and I always made sure that my players were technically proficient whenever they stepped foot onto the field, I have had great successes with this approach with players being selected to national teams and even select all-star teams, but there was always something in the back of my mind that I was missing giving them.”

He continued, “I was then introduced to E-Colors and pretty much right away it hit me. For all these years I had be coaching players not people, I had been missing a crucial part of their development and realised right away that I had to coach them the way that best suits them as an individual even if that was not the best way for me.

Mahon went on to speak more in detail about what E-Colors can bring to a team. “E-Colors gives coaches and teammates a way of getting the best out of each and every person in a clear and simple way that is very fast to implement within the team. It allows a team to understand why certain people behave the way that they do and helps understand each other’s strengths and potential limiters without prejudice and judgment. By being able to communicate to players and team mates in the most effect and positive way we have seen an increase in performance throughout the programmes that have implemented E-Colors by them being able to realise their full potential through understanding and increased communication.”

The Wildcats were involved in the first ever E-Colors in Sport course last year towards the end of the 2014 season. Here’s what Head Coach, Robbie Paulin had to say about their experience with the programme:

Wildcats Forge New Partnership

FORGEThe Wildcats are pleased to officially announce our new partnership with the Forge Gym, Inverness. Based on Carsegate Road, the gym is sponsoring the Wildcats in-kind throughout the 2015 season. The team will be running its strength and conditioning programme there, taking advantage of the facilities and expertise.

The value of the support from the Forge Gym has been matched pound for pound by sportsmatch giving the Wildcats an injection of cash to run their volunteer coach development programme.

Head coach, Robbie Paulin, commented, “The Forge Gym has literally saved our strength and conditioning programme. I believe it is what gives us our edge going into games and without the help of Gavin Laird at the Forge, I doubt we would continue to see so much success.”

Check out the Forge on Facebook at: facebook.com/ForgeGym

 

Wildcats settling into their new strength & conditioning home! #forge #highlandwildcats #forgegym

A video posted by Robbie Paulin (@robbiepaulin) on

Remembering Bette

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One year has passed since the Highland Wildcats lost one of the family.

A year ago today, one of the Wildcats founding members, Bette Paulin, passed away from Ovarian Cancer. Since then, the club and family and friends of Bette have raised over £1000 for Maggie’s Highland. The organisation renamed its volunteer of the year award in her name at the BLITZ AWARDS 2014. And throughout the year, kind words flooded in from all of the UK and across the globe speaking of Bette’s contribution to the game of American football and how much she cared for the young people she aimed to help.

“After she passed away there was a great spirit of everybody pulling together. Everybody did their part to try to take up the many roles she took on at The Blitz,” said Robbie Paulin, Bette’s son and also coach of the Highland Wildcats. “The organisation will never be the same without her, and a year on we all still miss her. But the example that she set, the structure she formed and even little quirky things she put in place, still live on with the volunteers that stepped into her shoes. I hope this team spirit and enjoyment will keep up as we head into the Highland Academy Community League this weekend – which she would have loved by the way! I know she would be so proud of what the Wildcats achieved in the last year and she would want everybody to keep ‘working their arses off’ and having the time of their lives!”

Below are links to Bette’s Award at the BLITZ AWARDS 2014 and her tribute video.

Link to Money for Maggie’s article

Link to Bette’s facebook gallery

Pathways Update

BAFCA Level 1 Success

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Three coaches from the Highland Wildcats successfully passed their BAFCA Level 1 coaches qualification in Dundee earlier today.

BAFCA LEVEL 1h copyThe course was instructed and assessed by former NFL Europe coach Steve McCusker and Matthew Davies from the East Kilbride Pirates.

Martin MacPherson, Chris Shaw and Ewan Sime all attended the course and are now qualified coaches.

Below is a short clip of Steve McCusker talking about the course shortly after the Inverness BAFCA Level 1 last year.

sportscotland Young Ambassador

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One of the Highland Wildcats captains was part of a sportscotland event yesterday in Eden Court. Mark Pyper was selected from pupils in Inverness Highschool and invited to the Highland wide event aimed at training young people to become ambassadors for sport in their school.

Young Ambassadors is a programme for young people in school between the ages of 14 and 17 run by sportscotland.  Their role is to motivate and inspire other young people from primary and secondary schools across Scotland to get involved in sport and to generate enthusiasm for major games.

Mark was offered the opportunity after his continuing work promoting American football to younger pupils and to people in his own year. He has set up sessions through the Wildcats Pathways programme and working with Active Schools. He was key in building n a strong Highland Academy Community League team in the Inverness Highschool,  numerous flag football sessions for younger pupils and also coaching and leading sessions in primary schools across Inverness.

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