Media Release: Rugby legend, Gregor Townsend, helps University of Glasgow launch Sport & Wellbeing Week

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SCOTTISH rugby legend and current Glasgow Warriors head coach, Gregor Townsend, was the keynote speaker as the University of Glasgow Sport & Recreation launched its fourth annual Sport & Wellbeing Week.

In front of a captivated audience, Gregor spoke about his coaching philosophy while also recalling some of his own diverse sporting experiences.

Following the former British & Irish Lion’s presentation, a panel of experts took part in an interactive session with the crowd, discussing key sport and wellbeing topics such as participation, facility provision and the 2014 legacy.

Panel experts included Scotland’s most-capped hockey player, Rhona Simpson, The High School of Glasgow’s Rector, Colin Mair, and physical education specialist, Elaine McCulloch.

As the biggest ever event of its kind at the University, the Sport & Wellbeing Week aims to engage with staff and students and promote the benefits of a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

Running until 2 February, the week will provide an opportunity for members of the University community to try an array of different activities, as well learning about the broader subject of sport and wellbeing.

Along with active-based workshops including muay thai boxing, free climbing and weightlifting, staff and students will also have the opportunity to attend lighter and more health-based classes focusing on CPR, nutrition and mental wellbeing.

Some classes will also be available to members of the community.

Every class and workshop in the Sport & Wellbeing Week programme is free to students and staff at the University, who will also have free access to all Sport & Recreation facilities during the week.

For timetables and booking information, please visit or Tweet to @glasgowunisport using #sww14 and #BlackAndGold.

Speaking at the event, Julie Ommer, director of University of Glasgow Sport & Recreation, said: “The aim of the week is to inspire University staff, students and community to think about their wellbeing and learn about the benefits of sport and a general healthy lifestyle.

“We constantly strive to improve our services and help people achieve their sporting and health goals. This year’s enhanced Sport & Wellbeing Week is a great example of this.

“I’d like to thank Gregor and our panel experts for making the launch event such a success.

“Gregor’s enthusiasm and passion for sport is clear to see and his presentation was very inspiring.”

Keynote speaker, Gregor Townsend, added: “I absolutely love coaching and get to see the benefits of sport every day of the week. There’s so much to gain from adopting a healthy lifestyle, whether it’s physical, mental or social elements.

“The Sport & Wellbeing Week at the University is a fantastic initiative and I would encourage anyone who can, to get involved and take something away from the week.”

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