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Colin Montgomerie proved a real hit when he hosted a sports masterclass on behalf of Sky Sports Living for Sport.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 14:55 Post Comment

Europe's former Ryder Cup captain Montgomerie , who has achieved 41 professional wins during his career and has won the fourth most European Tour victories of all time, put students from Cardinal Newman High School, in Bellshill, through their paces at Gleneagles Golf Academy.

A total of 12 pupils attended the session, where they were also joined by Steve Frew, Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor and Commonwealth champion gymnast.

The free UK secondary schools initiative, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Commitment

"I was thrilled to be able to share my golf skills with pupils from Cardinal Newman High School during this masterclass," said Sky Sports pundit Montgomerie.

"The school has shown fantastic commitment to Sky Sports Living for Sport and to be able to meet students who are so passionate about sport is a real pleasure. I hope that by sharing the story of my career, and its ups and downs, I can inspire the pupils I meet to continue to pursue their sporting ambitions.

"Sport has the power to change lives and I am honoured to be in a position where I can encourage the next generation to recognise that."

Gordon Fagan, Physical Education teacher at Cardinal Newman High School, commented: "We are thrilled to receive a masterclass from Colin, a true golfing legend.

"The day is a great reward for our pupils who have shown great enthusiasm for sport. Colin's story will undoubtedly give our young people a real life example of how commitment and dedication in sport can change lives while also supporting our wider work through Sky Sports Living for Sport."

Empower

The pupils, selected by their teachers to take part in the project, heard how Montgomerie excelled in one of the most competitive professional sports, enjoying a career spanning 25 years.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time, where he has never lost in a singles match, the Scot captained the European team and led them to victory in 2010.

Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013, Montgomerie is now keen to share his experiences with the next generation.

Sky Sports Living for Sport is designed to empower students and throughout the session Colin will use the British Athletes Commission's 'Six Keys to Success', which include mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success, to help them achieve their own life goals.

Sky Sports' new children's programme Game Changers - broadcast every Saturday at 9am on Sky Sports 1 - filmed the masterclass, to be aired later in the year.

Secondary schools can learn more about Sky Sports Living for Sport and sign up for participation in the 2013/14 academic year at www.skysports.com/livingforsport

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