A new very Active Travel Officer is looking to inspire Forth Valley College staff and students to cycle and walk more and enhance their health and wellbeing.
Craig Coull (27) from Stirling – who is also a self-employed fitness coach and ultra-marathon competitor - has landed his new role until the end of December 2022. He is now looking forward to sharing with those attending FVC the benefits that come with being more active, and how people can integrate physical activity into their daily routine.
He is gearing up to putting on group activities and events to bring people together with a shared interest and enjoy being active, such as a half hour, sociable ‘Lunchtime Walking Group’, open to both staff and students at the Falkirk Campus, starting at the North entrance at 1pm – with a reminder to dress for the weather!
Craig, whose post is funded through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund from Paths for All, said: “My background as a self-employed fitness instructor and triathlon and swim coach, working with individuals and groups across a range of ages and ability will help me to inspire and encourage as many people as possible across the College.
“I love being outdoors and out in the hills, on foot or on the bike! I’ve been competing in triathlon since I was a kid and was a competitive swimmer until around the age of 18. These days I enjoy an endurance challenge, completing several Ironman triathlons, 24hr mountain bike races, and more recently have gravitated into ultra-marathons.”
Pauline Donaldson, FVC’s Soft Services and Sustainability Manager, said: “I’m delighted to have Craig join the team and look forward to supporting him in the activities and events that are being planned to encourage staff and students to be more active, and hopefully to consider a change to their daily commute to Forth Valley College.”