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STV series Coached Off the Couch returns as Scottish families ‘pass it on’

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STV’s popular series Coached Off the Couch returns to screens this month, as presenter Kelly Cates catches up with people from the first series and challenges them to pass on their new love of sport and being active to their friends and relatives, so they can feel great too.
 
Broadcast by STV last autumn, the first series of Coached Off the Couch followed a group of Scottish families, friends and colleagues as they were inspired to get healthy by trying out a brand new sport with the help of some of the nation’s top athletes.
 
In three brand new 30 minute episodes of Coached Off the Couch - Passing It On, Kelly revisits five families and friends to see how their lives have changed from the experience, to see if being coached by Scotland’s sporting heroes has made them embrace a more active lifestyle.
 
This time, the contributors are set a brand new challenge - to pass on their new found passion for an active lifestyle to friends, colleagues and relatives. By introducing their nearest and dearest to fun activities ranging from dodgeball and hockey to beach volleyball and badminton, our new sporting enthusiasts set out to inspire others to join in and take up a healthier, more active lifestyle.
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “I hope viewers will enjoy revisiting the families we Coached Off the Couch in last year's series as we find out if they have kept up their active new lifestyles. This brand new series aims to encourage them to pass on their enthusiasm for sport and activity to family and friends and try a new activity with our expert coaches.  With only just over a year until the Commonwealth Games arrive in Scotland, there has never been a better time for Scots to get active and I hope this series will inspire viewers to get fit whilst having fun.”
 
Sport Minister Shona Robison said: “Inactivity is one of the biggest health issues of the 21st Century we want to help Scots get active - and stay active. Last year, Coached off the Couch showed families just how easy it is take small steps to a healthier life, now we will get to see those people passing on their passion for new sports to others in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.”
 
Coached Off the Coach is sponsored by Healthier Scotland in association with the Daily Record.
 
For further information on the programme, visit www.stv.tv/coached or get involved on Twitter #coached.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
Episode synopsis:
 
Episode 1: Friday 7 June at 8.30pm
The Goodall family (Lasswade) and the Cockburn family (Glasgow)
In the first episode of the series, the Goodall family from Lasswade set out to pass on their new healthy lifestyle to friends Davey and Susan by getting together for a game of hockey. Kelly also catches up with the Cockburns from Glasgow as they reflect on last year’s experience and enjoy a game of badminton with friend Rae and her daughter, Lorna.
 
Episode 2: Friday 14 June at 8pm
The Campbell family (Grangemouth) and the Mackie family (Peterhead)
Viewers are reunited with the Campbells from Grangemouth as they speak to Kelly about their new healthy lifestyle and the challenges of keeping it up. The family decide to arrange a big game of dodgeball, inviting no less than 31 friends as well as Granny and Grandad. We also catch up with the Mackie family from Peterhead, who gather their children’s friends and their parents to try their hands at a game of beach volleyball.
 
Episode 3: Friday 21 June at 8pm
The Busy Bees nursery (Dundee)
In the final episode, Kelly revisits the nurses as the Busy Bee nursery in Dundee to find out if they have maintained their healthy and active new lifestyle, and challenges them to inspire a group of new colleagues with a game of netball.