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

CRIMESTOPPERS

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.

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.

Spotlight: Euan Crawford

Euan Crawford | Quarterback

EUAN SPOTLIGHT

 

Q. How did you get involved with the Highland Wildcats?

A. I first started the Wildcats when I stopped doing track running. I never really enjoyed it and decided to try something new. I’d done a couple of the Summer Cadet Contact Camps when I was younger and decided I to try it properly.  Last year was my first season with the Highland Wildcats.

 

Q. How has the Wildcats affected your life?

A. The Wildcats has affected my life in several ways. It has got me fit, taught me commitment and got me through some tough times. The Wildcats has always been somewhere where I can go and lose myself in the training and vent any frustration I had.  My mum recently passed away from cancer and the training and everyone at Wildcats has been a support over the past couple of years while she was going through treatment.  It’s given me something to focus on to help me carry on with so much going on.

 

Q. What is your favourite memory as a Wildcat?

A. Best memory is probably my first tournament, I first properly felt like a part of the team.

 

Q. What are your personal goals for the season?

A. Personal goals are to stay injury free and to throw no interceptions

 

Q. Which NFL team do you  support?

A. Not a big NFL supporter but I’d have to say the Broncos

 

Comment from Head Coach Robbie Paulin:

Euan has really stepped up this year.  The effort he shows in the gym is incredible and it’s starting to show on the field too.  The way he has handled something so tragic is genuinely inspiring.  When his mum passed away he turned it into positive energy and just carried on.  He personally inspired me, as I went through a similar experience, losing my mum just months after he did.  He’s shown such strong character and I can’t wait to see him go from strength to strength this season!

Sports Shrink

PsychologyLast night the Highland Wildcats headed to Millburn Academy (the home of the current Highland Academy Community League champions, the Millburn Academy Eagles) for a session with top sports psychologist, Donald MacNaughton.

Donald’s worked with Winter Olympic athletes, Rugby League teams, professional football teams and in motor racing.  He has also been a part of the Wildcats’ campaigns since the 2011 season. He’s a published author with his first book being a top seller on Amazon and his second book just recently being released.

The interactive session focused on goal setting and mindset preperation.  It’s hoped that with the knowledge gained from the session – and then being put into practice – will give both the Youth and Junior Wildcats the edge as they head into the 2014 season.  These are also skills that will transfer over into everyday life.

Donald MacNaughton

First Panel Meeting

PANEL copyAs part of the Positive Life Pathways project the Highland Wildcats have set up a Young People’s Panel.  Members are aged between 14 – 18 and will get the opportunity to organise and plan events, projects and the general running of the club.

The first meeting was earlier today at The Blitz and saw the group plan out a Fund Raising event; look at ways of promoting EasyFundraising; came up with ideas to improve the outside area of The Blitz and discussed ways of promoting the Highland Academy Community League.

The fundraising event will be a Sponsored Lift.  Members of the panel are currently working out a realistic but challenging enough load to lift as a group over a certain time period.  It will take place on Friday, 20 December in The Weights Room.  Details on how to give sponsor money will be available soon.

Keeping it in the Clan

Wildcats players are seeing success on the field with Scotland’s most winning University side.

“The University of Stirling has a long and proud tradition of welcoming student athletes from the Highland Wildcats, ” said Rob Orr, Head coach of the University of Stirling Clansmen.

Mats Kraft“Starting all the way back in 2008 with Mats Kraft up to the present time, with Craig Findlay, Jamie Anderson and of course Kenny Mackay, who represented both of our organisations on the 2012 FBU Europe team, we are grateful for the legacy provided to our championship winning programme by Robbie Paulin and his entire team.” Orr Continued.

The Stirling Clansmen are currently sitting on 2 wins and no losses.  Both wins saw them rack up more than 70 points against their opponents and not letting in a single point.  Out of the Wildcats players on the Stirling roster this season, Craig Findlay has seen the most action so far.  In his second year with the Clansmen he’s picked up numerous tackles and one sack in the opening games of the season.  Jamie Anderson, a current Wildcats player, saw some action on the field last weekend against the Paisley Pyro’s with veteran Kenny Mackay currently unable to play due to injury.

Highland Wildcats Youth Development Officer, Robbie Paulin commented, “It’s great to see our guys go on to be part of a great set up like Stirling University.  Not only continuing to play American football but at the same time getting their education.  Coach Rob Orr has established a great programme with results that speak for themselves but also what many probably won’t realise is the work that goes on behind the scenes and the team ethos that he has developed!”

In finishing, Coach Rob Orr said, “We look forward to continuing our academic pathway for all student athletes from Inverness into 2014 and beyond.”

(Feature Photo by Jimmy Thomson)

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