Self-esteem and confidence

Script to introduce the film

In this film British National Mountain Biking Champion Lee Craigie talks with Commonwealth Class about her work with young people and the benefits of sport on self-esteem and confidence.

Lee who is originally from Glasgow and now based in Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands, is a fully trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist as well as an accomplished Mountain Biker and potential Team Scotland athlete.

Lee's project Cycletherapy is a project for socially excluded young people in the Highlands whose needs are not met in main stream education. The programme benefits young people's self-esteem through learning Mountain Biking and bike repair skills.

Lee Craigie, British National Mountain Biking Champion

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Have you ever been Mountain Biking? If so, did you enjoy it and if not, would you like to try it out?

Cycling to Lee means 'freedom, adventure, play and a chance to enjoy the environment', what does it mean to you?

In the film Lee talks about a 'meditative trance' she experiences when riding a bike well, do you get a similar feeling from any of the sports or activities you enjoy?

What do you think endorphins are?

Lee Craigie Mountain Bike Champion and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Lee Craigie

Exercise and the release of endorphins can help to change the way you feel after exercise, how do you think this could benefit young people like Billy in the film?

In the film Lee mentions that she likes to help other people instead of only focusing on her own training. Why do you think she does this?

How do you think sport can help people to deal with their emotions?

Does playing sport make you feel better about yourself? Describe how it makes you feel?

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