Taste of sporting life for pupils at festival
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