Gavin Cruikshanks case study

Man of many talents

By most people’s standards, Gavin’s to do list is eye watering. On top of his full time role at his local petrol station, he’s the club treasurer at Grove Menzieshill hockey club in Dundee.  In between work and managing the books or taking every opportunity he can to develop his skills as an international standard hockey umpire.

"After I finish my day job, I will do something hockey related every day, and each day will involve some sort of task related to the club’s finances – whether it’s collecting fees from players, banking money, answering questions, and generally keeping things organised.”

Using his skills

Being club treasurer isn’t perhaps the most glamorous of roles, so what’s in it for Gavin? “Most people involved in the club do their bit. And when I started playing hockey back at the start of secondary school, I had a great experience thanks to various volunteers – whether it was the teachers who took us on the hockey trip to Holland which first got me interested in the sport, through to the people who gave up their time to run this club which I joined in my early teens. I’m qualified in finance, so it’s my way of giving back. Hockey has given me the best experiences and opportunities   – whether it’s the friends I’ve made through my local club or the opportunities to umpire at the Youth Olympic Festival in Australia and the European U21 championships next year – so it’s good to be able to put something back in to make sure others have the same chances I have had.”

Date published: 13 September 2016
Date updated: 13 September 2016

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