Grant Wilson

Grant Wilson

Aberdeen City

I really couldn’t do my job without biology – an in-depth knowledge of the human body and the health implications of physical activity

Grant uses sport and exercise science when volunteering with young people to help them keep active.

What do you do in your job? 

I coordinate volunteers, coaches and teachers in delivering extra-curricular sports programmes for all the additional support needs schools in Aberdeen City.

How does your job make a difference to other people? 

I get more kids more active more often, outside of their PE lessons. This includes delivering sports sessions, running festivals and linking interested participants to local clubs.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Being able to work with children every day. Getting children active and healthy is something that is very important to me. Even during my time at the University of Aberdeen I voluntarily coached basketball in evenings and weekends, and worked at the university sports camps during the holidays.

What did you study at school? 

I studied Sport and Exercise Science at university. My in-depth knowledge of the human body and the health implications of physical activity are very useful in discussions around why children should be active.

What inspired you into a career in science / engineering?  

I was always into science, maths and sport at high school, and had a passion for coaching kids. I was looking for course that would combine all of these things and decided on Sport and Exercise Science.

What top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • Be a people person and enjoy working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds
  • Children must be important to you, whether you are involved with sport or not
  • Organisation is crucial; ensure your administration work supports your work with people
  • Start volunteering now! It’s never too early to get experience. In sport you have to start with unpaid work and build a reputation for reliability. You can always spare an hour here and there, no matter how busy you think you are. There is always a programme that will benefit from more volunteer help
  • Be patient – you will have to build relationships, reputations and programmes. This will take time and patience. Nothing happens overnight and good things come to those who wait

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