Junior Award Scheme for Schools

A world wide Accredited Learning Programme for young people. Recognising wider achievement.

Logan is a young man who is doing his JASS bronze award.

What activities are you doing for the four sections?

  • Me and My World – “I took part in the River Ness 5k and raised money for the MS Society.  I ran this in 24 minutes and 46 seconds.  This was my fastest time for a 5k.  I also took part in can collecting for AFC Community Trust which is collecting donations of loose change before the Aberdeen Football Club home games.  I then took on a challenge I started last year by walking to various football stadiums and raise money for the MS Society and AFC Community Trust in the process.”  
  • Adventure – “I walked around Loch Muick which is a lovely loch on the Balmoral Estate which is where the Queen likes to visit in the summer”.
  • My Interests – “I decided I wanted to learn how to bake a cake by myself.  This involved some practice with my Mum and Dad before making a lemon cake for my Granny by myself.  I also helped make cakes with my Mum to sell at our local community centre.  The money raised also went to the MS Society.”
  • Get Active Stay Active – “I am going to cycle 9.2 miles to a park and back home”.

Tell me more about you walk from Hibs football ground to Hearts football ground? How did you get the idea? What charities are you supporting? Why did you choose them?

  • “Last year I wanted to take part in the middle kiltwalk which is approximately 14 miles but was not allowed to do so because I was 9 at the time and you have to be 10 for that kiltwalk.  Me and my Mum came up with the idea of doing a ‘Staggie Stroll’.  This was walking a similar distance as the kiltwalk but me, my Mum and Granny walking from Granny and Grandad’s house in Invergordon to the Ross County Football stadium in Dingwall (the home of the Staggies).  This was so successful we added on some more football stadiums.  These were Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Aberdeen FC, Cove Rangers FC and St Johnstone,  When we learned about the JASS project we decided to walk to football stadiums again and once again raise money for the MS Society and AFC Community Trust.”  
  • “We decided on walking from Hibs FC to Hearts FC because we were visiting the city for the weekend.  Hearts were very kind and gave me and Mum free tickets to the game when we got there.  I really enjoyed the walk as we saw lovely sights such as Arthurs Seat, The Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle on our way.  Unfortunately we got caught in Storm Dennis and got very wet on our way!  The next day we walked 3.8 miles from the Falkirk Wheel to Falkirk FC.  They were also very kind and allowed us into the stadium to watch the first team train and they also made a donation to our collection.”
  • “I chose these charities as my Grandad Aly has MS and the MS Society have been very supportive to him.  They also do very important research into the condition and hopefully one day they will find a cure.”  
  • “I also support AFC Community Trust because they help support people of all ages in the local community.  They help provide clubs for children during school holidays, gentle exercise, walks and catch ups for senior citizens and dementia friendly activities such as ‘football memories’.  They also really helped an elderly neighbour of mine and she regularly attends their activities and has made lots of new friends.”

What are you most proud of as part of your JASS award?

“I am proud of the fact that I have raised a lot of money for charity.”

If I were a new person starting JASS, what would your advice be?

“My advice would be to try and come up with original ideas, think outside the box and enjoy yourself while you are doing it.”

Have you enjoyed doing JASS?

“Yes I have.”