Taste of sport­ing life for pupils at fes­ti­val

Dis­abled ac­tiv­i­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Young­sters from Cairns Pri­mary and Ruther­glen High were get­ting a taste of this sport­ing life re­cently.

They were tak­ing part in the first ever South La­nark­shire fes­ti­val of dis­abilty sport, which in­volved nine schools and more than 130 pupils in to­tal.

The chil­dren were able to take a turn try­ing out a wide range of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing football, ath­let­ics, net­ball, cricket, bowls, ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, rugby, play and team build­ing.

Coaches from South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture (SLLC) and lo­cal sports clubs were joined by Ac­tive Schools vol­un­teers to share their ex­per­tise and give sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to the pupils.

Chair of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture, Coun­cil­lor Hamish Stewart, said: “This was a fan­tas­tic event and you could easily tell by the huge smiles and masses of en­thu­si­asm on dis­play that the chil­dren who took part had a bril­liant time.

“I would like to give my per­sonal thanks to all the SLLC staff in­volved, the vol­un­teers and the school staff who came along to give the chil­dren this won­der­ful chance for a great day of ac­tiv­ity.

“I am sure the chil­dren will ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence as get­ting so much en­joy­ment out of sport is the ideal in­cen­tive to keep tak­ing part.”

Each child re­ceived a medal and goodie bag at the end of the event along with a leaflet pro­mot­ing SLLC’s dis­abil­ity sports pro­gramme which in­cludes a range of ac­tiv­i­ties at lo­cal venues.

SLLC de­vel­op­ment man­ager Pa­trick Mur­phy said: “It was a great op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to get the chance to taste some sports ses­sions and ul­ti­mately be sign­posted to on­go­ing sports ac­tiv­ity.”

The fes­ti­val was spon­sored by Tun­nock’s, Asda, Nike and Belt Up tro­phies.

Dis­abil­ity sport Coun­cil­lor Hamish Stewart (left), ath­let­ics coach Stewart Liv­ingston (cen­tre) and chair of Hamil­ton Sports Coun­cil Cather­ine Ben­nett (right) with pupils who took part in dis­abled sports day, in­clud­ing An­to­nio and Sab­rina from Ruther­glen High

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