This is one of these things that make reincarnation a seductive proposition - the chance to start over with the sort of opportunities jumping, running, paddling and climbing out of every page of Argyll and Bute Council’s recently launched programme for their local delivery of the Scotland-wide Coaching Champions programme.
This is the sixth hear of the initiative and the Argyll programme has no fewer than 60 different courses.
Some courses are there to develop personal skills; most to train coaches who are essentially teaching new or refresher entrants to the particular sport; and some to train coaches who are working or who might work with competitive athletes.
You have to be over 16 years of age and with capability o the sport of your choice.
There are courses for coaching in water, land and hill based sports; for ball sports, contact sports, target sports, gymnastics…
There are programmes for working with disabled sportsfolk, for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award challenges, for emergency first aid and for children.
If you book a half day course, you can book a second half day one at a reduced rate. Some courses are subsidised or part funded in a variety of ways – details of these and of the entire mouthwatering menu of courses available are on the programme’s website here and many in the pdf brochure downloadable here: Coaching Champions 2013 Programme.
With the Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games coming up in 2014, getting this sort of energy and expertise into sports coaching now has to be the best possible preparatory step in seeing youngsters enthused about sport by the games and in fuelling their ambition for being champions of the future themselves.