Excellence in School Sport Programme

The vision for the Excellence in School Sport Programme (ESSP) is to provide a co-ordinated and planned approach to high quality support services for aspiring and committed West Lothian sporting pupils. The programme aims to support our most talented athletes to achieve their full potential through a tailored programme to develop and support each athlete. We also look for our ESSP pupils to assist in inspiring other pupils by helping to create a strong and vibrant sporting ethos within their schools and the wider community.

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 2015 ESSP William Tevendale ESSP Award Winner Leah Stewart

Experts in the support services of Strength & Conditioning, Physiotherapy and Sports Psychology deliver the programme with guidance from the appropriate governing bodies of sport, sportscotland Institute of Sport Network and West Lothian Council's Active Schools & Community Sport Team.  

ESSP is supported by a number of partners, with Athlete Screening, Strength & Conditioning and Injury Prevention services provided by Personal Best Fitness.

Athlete Screening/Physiotherapy

Athlete Screening is used in ESSP in an effort to effectively prevent and identify potential musculoskelatal conditions. Our partners will look at an athlete's gait/biomechanics, posture, flexibility, core strength and balance. This information is used to help our Strength & Conditioning Team focus the athlete's individual training programme and to train in a way that promotes injury prevention. 

Sport Psychology

Athletes who have sport psychology identified as a need will be put in contact with our Sport Psychologist who can provide support in dealing with common issues such as pre-game nerves, confidence and mental toughness through a series of individual consultations covering topics such as performance profiling, goal-setting, observation &feedback and individual performance analysis. For further information on our Sport Psychology service please click here.

Role Modelling

ESSP athletes are expected to be role models within their schools which means that they lead by example in the class room and in P.E., that they have an involvement in supporting extra curricular & school sport competition opportunities and that they help to put sport at the heart of their school community. 

Applying for ESSP

If you are a pupil currently attending a West Lothian school, if you are a positive role model within your school community and if you believe you are performing at a level in your chosen sport whereby you could be considered for a place on ESSP, the application process for academic year 2018-19 is now open. The online form can be accessed by clicking here and the deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 May 2018. 

For any further information please contact Glenn Marsters, School Sport Co-ordinator, email: glenn.marsters@westlothian.gov.uk , mobile: 0791 706 7228.