Gang is back in busi­ness

Re­launch of sports club

Lennox Herald - - FIT IS FUN - Carla Tal­bot

Over 40 young­sters joined in the fun as West Dun­bar­ton­shire Ath­let­ics Club cel­e­brated the re­launch of their pop­u­lar ju­nior sec­tion.

Coaches at the club – who al­ready have a suc­cess­ful adults sec­tion – were de­lighted with the re­sponse to the classes for younger ath­letes and are hop­ing to re­cruit more kids who want to get in­volved in sport.

A team of 10 ded­i­cated coaches and vol­un­teers have been work­ing hard be­hind the scenes for a year to get the club back up and run­ning ahead of the 20th an­niver­sary next year.

The his­toric club is al­ready in line to have ac­cess to the new state-of-the-art sports fa­cil­ity at Posties Park, and are now hop­ing to en­cour­age as many young­sters as pos­si­ble to lace up their train­ers and en­joy sports ahead of the £1.7mil­lion fa­cil­ity open­ing next year.

And their first block, which runs from Oc­to­ber un­til De­cem­ber, proved such a hit that spa­ces filled up on the first ses­sion.

Coach and chair­per­son of the club Laura Young, who was a mem­ber for 11 years, said: “We got a bril­liant re­sponse. So much so that we are cur­rently full.

“The ju­nior sec­tion used to be really pop­u­lar but due to a lack of vol­un­teers we couldn’t keep it go­ing.

“Now that we have the 20th an­niver­sary com­ing up next year, we want to push to grow the club again and get as many young peo­ple in­volved as we can.

“We can’t wait un­til Posties Park is up and run­ning as that is go­ing to pro­vide a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity for us. The fa­cil­i­ties will be amaz­ing.”

The ju­nior ath­let­ics club runs ev­ery Tues­day night from 7 to 8pm at Dum­bar­ton Academy, giv­ing chil­dren aged from eight to 12 the chance to de­velop their sport­ing skills.

Our pho­tog­ra­pher Colin Garvie went along to their first ses­sion on Oc­to­ber 24 to cap­ture some of the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

Laura added: “Ath­let­ics is one of the most fun­da­men­tal sports out there for kids to get in­volved in as it can help de­velop skills in all other sports.

“It’s also great for them to be part of a club and build their so­cial skills too. It’s a fan­tas­tic club and we just want it to be as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to find out when there will be spa­ces avail­able at the club, please email wdath­let­ic­sclub@gmail.com.

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