The Achieve Programme began in 2010, when 45 young athletes and coaches travelled to the Delhi Commonwealth Games for a behind the scenes experience in preparation for future Games.
A further 90 participants have now been through the programme with 28 having already made the step up to compete or coach for Team Scotland at a Commonwealth Games.
The ultimate aim of the programme is to propel youngsters onto sporting success and/or improved life chances by preparing them for participation in Commonwealth Youth Games and Commonwealth Games or advanced self-development through a unique multi-sport learning experience.
Isla Short - Cycling
My experience of the Achieve Programme was invaluable in preparing me for my first Commonwealth Games. We were able to gain access into a variety of areas of an international sporting event including the athlete's village and competition venues, which gave me an insight into what to expect at Gold Coast. As part of the programme I met a variety of athletes across many different sports, which allowed me the chance to share my own stories and to learn from others. We were also given a talk by David Smith, 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallist which was very inspirational as well as thought provoking.
I am grateful that I was able to be part of the Achieve Programme as it acted as a great stepping stone towards competing at my first international multi-sport event. It is also a rare opportunity for young athletes to come face to face with the world's best, and to learn first hand what it takes to get there.