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Colin Montgomerie gives masterclass at Gleneagles
April 6, 2011

Ahead of this year's Masters Tournament winning European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie led a golf 'Mastersclass', with twelve young people from Perth Grammar School. The students are involved in the Sky Sports Living for Sport , a joint initiative with the Youth Sport Trust, which uses sport to motivate and inspire 11 to 16 year olds and is available free to all secondary schools in the UK.

Montgomerie, who will be part of the commentary team for live HD and 3D coverage of the Masters on Sports, took the students through golfing basics at the home of The 2014 Ryder Cup. Colin shared his experiences in a Q&A session with the youngsters, with the aim of teaching new skills and encouraging the young people to discover the enjoyment that can be gained from taking part in sport.

The "Mastersclass" at Perth Grammar School follows Conor Fitzpatrick, from Newbattle School, Dalkeith, being awarded the accolade of Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year 2010 in January. He received the award after being named Scotland's Student of the Year in a series of UK wide regional semi-finals.

Montgomerie, who has the 4th most European Tour victories in golf history said: "It was great to be able to share some of the knowledge that I've picked up during my golfing career and help the pupils involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport pick up some new skills as well. Sport has played a really important part in shaping who I am today so it means a lot to be able to lend my support to this initiative which motivates young people and encourages them to believe in themselves - on and off the playing field. Gleneages is a wonderful setting for our "Mastersclass" and a chance to play here is something even the most accomplished golfer dreams off."

Sky Sports Living for Sport is accessible to every secondary school in the UK and provides free online planning tools and sports kit, the initiative supports teachers to help young people 11-16 years old be the best they can be, whether that means improving their attainment, their health, their self-esteem, or pushing them to reach their full potential. Colin Montgomerie is supporting the work being done by of a team of Athlete Mentors, who provide support and advice to youngsters involved with Sky Sports Living for Sport through visits to schools across the country. Using their own story of struggle and success through sport, they help teachers to motivate and inspire young people at all levels of sporting ability.

In the last two years alone 1000 schools have registered with Sky Sports Living for Sport, giving over 25,000 young people the chance to benefit from being involved. Over 20,000 young people in over 700 schools have taken part since the programme began in 2003. The ambition of the project is for 2,000 schools and 30,000 young people to register with Sky Sports Living for Sport by 2012 and to build the activities into curricular and extracurricular activities.

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