Our Athlete Support Programme at James Gillespie’s High School is designed to provide essential support and assistance for high performance athletes. A number of pupils at Gillespie’s have progressed to represent at regional and international level. This programme supports these athletes in balancing their school life while still trying to achieve their sporting potential.

The programme can offer pupils the following:

  • Specialist equipment
  • Sports psychology support
  • Strength and conditioning programmes
  • Nutrition advice
  • Motivational speakers
  • Chance to meet professional athletes

In James Gillespie’s we have a large number of pupils who train up to 22 hours a week. It is essential for us as a school to support the efforts of these individuals and the Athlete Support Programme allows us to do that.

Here are some of our current athletes involved in this year’s programme:

DSC_0009 (533x800) Cameron – Basketball

  • Currently plays for Blaze U16 basketball team
  • 2013/2014 Scottish U14/15s champions
  • 2015 Scottish National League Champions
  • U16’s playoff champions




Chloe – FootballDSC_0005 (533x800)

  • Currently plays for Hibernian Ladies U16/ Scottish schools Team
  • Won 3 league cups, 1 Scottish cup, and the League twice
  • Represents South East Region of Scotland
  • Plays in the Regional Squad




DSC_0006 (533x800)Emma – Water Polo

  • Represented Scotland at the European 10 nations in Prague
  • Helped her team win the Scottish cup final, being the only girl scoring
  • Plays for Warrender Baths Club




Jenny – TrampoliningDSC_0003 (533x800)

  • Represented Scotland at Regional Finals (2014/15)
  • Sponsored by Ryze in Edinburgh
  • 3rd DMT Scottish Nationals 2015





DSC_0018 (533x800)Jade – Athletics

  • Came 2nd at British champs in 2014
  • 1st at Celtic games (Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
  • Represented Scotland 4 times
  • 1st ranked in Scotland at U17 level (2 years in a row)
  • Athlete of the year U17’s



Lisa – Cricket & BasketballDSC_0008 (533x800)


  • Represented Scotland for 4 years, and currently represents Scotland U17’s this year
  • Plays for Carlton Cricket Club (Scottish Cup Winners x 3)



  • Represented Scotland for 2 years
  • Plays for Blaze Basketball Club
  • Internationally capped in both sports by the age of 14yrs.

Liam – SwimmingDSC_0007 (800x533)

  • U13 – 2nd in Scotland for 1500m free
  • 3rd 400m in the East Districts
  • 5th for 200 free and 200 backstroke.



DSC_0011 (533x800)Eva – Water Polo

  • Represents Scotland at U16 level
  • Represented Great Britain
  • Won the Most Valuable Player award 3 times
  • Won Players Best Player U18 for Warrender water polo




Lucia – AthleticsDSC_0013 (533x800)

  • Represented Scotland at UK Nationals and came 1st in the 800m race
  • Part of the fastest relay team in Scotland 3x 800m under
  • Part of Edinburgh Athletics Club




DSC_0007 (533x800)Amy – Gymnastics

  • Part of Meadowbank Gymnastics club
  • Represented East and Scotland U17
  • Newcastle open floor Champion 2014(Senior)
  • Floor Champion at U19’s
  • Received the Gordon Foster Award



Alex – FootballDSC_0012 (533x800)

  • Has played for Hibs for six years
  • Plays for Edinburgh schools select U15 squad
  • Trials for Scotland
  • Played for South East regional squad






Afolabi – Football & AthleticsDSC_0008 (800x533)

  • Plays for Edinburgh City Whites
  • Been asked to join Livingston Pro Youth and Raith Rovers Pro Youth
  • Ran for Scotland in Denmark Youth Games and Came 3rd




DSC_0005 (800x533)Elena – Football

  • Plays for Edinburgh City Boys
  • Plays for Boroughmuir 17’s
  • Plays for Regionals 17’s
  • Plays for under 15’s Scotland Team
  • Trials for under 16 Scotland Squad
  • Currently plays for the boys under 15 school team


 Sami – BasketballDSC_0004 (800x533)

  • Played for Scotland U15’s
  • Currently plays for Scotland U16’s
  • Picked to train with Edinburgh University on occasions
  • Currently playing for Boroughmuir Blaze