Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Youngsters can access free passes to summer activities

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Free passes giving access to summer activities ranging from swimming and golf to arts classes and museum visits are available to Monklands pupils who receive free school meals.

The activity pass is worth up to £52 and also gives access to skating, fitness classes, family photograph­y events and popular local museums and council officials are encouragin­g all eligible pupils to claim their pass to enjoy during the school holiday.

It comes as Club 365, the authority’s programme to address holiday hunger by providing food and activities, sees a “record” year of demand for its programme.

For visitors to Summerlee museum in Coatbridge and North Lanarkshir­e heritage centre in Motherwell, it includes daily play day events including Lego engineerin­g, parkour, arts and crafts, animal and science demos, retro games and den building, plus imaginativ­e free play.

The pass will cover the use of the tram at the venue, and includes use of the heritage centre’s new play area.

It also allows a family photo session for up to six people at Summerlee which can be booked on dates up to July 18, with participan­ts receiving a memory stick of the pictures taken.

Youngsters can also enjoy four individual visits or one family package for each of the waterpark and the ice rink at the Time Capsule in Coatbridge; and midweek parent-and-child membership­s at Lochview or Palacerigg golf clubs, plus 1000 balls to be used during the summer at Lochview’s driving range.

Fitness fans aged 11 to 18 can also book up to five weekday afternoon circuit classes at Airdrie, Broadwood, Ravenscrai­g, Sir Matt Busby, Time Capsule, Tryst or Wishaw sports centres.

Creative pupils aged six and over can book up to three drawing, painting and craft sessions at Bellshill Cultural Centre; while performing arts groups will have sessions in Airdrie, Bellshill and Motherwell during this month, with primary pupils attending in the morning and secondary students in the afternoon.

Education and families convener Councillor Frank Mcnally said: “our Club 365 summer activity programme is welcoming record numbers of pupils to venues across North Lanarkshir­e.

“The summer activity passes are an excellent addition to our offering, providing a great range of activities for young people and families to enjoy.”

Free sessions can be booked by calling 01236 341968 and choosing option 2; lines are open on weekdays from 8.45am to 4.45pm.

Some events are on fixed dates while others are flexible opportunit­ies.

Callers must know which activity they wish to book and the date and time they plan to attend, and will need to quote reference “club 365 21”to benefit from the free pass.

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