Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s initiative to encourage school pupils to ‘come and try’ some of the sports to be featured at the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014.
The project, funded by EventScotland’s ‘Games For Scotland’ programme, will see 480 pupils from across South Lanarkshire get the chance to try sports including rugby 7’s, hockey and athletics.
Linda said “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to try a new sport. Not only that but the initiative gives pupils the chance to become Young Ambassadors were they learn how to promote sporting participation, achieving goals and inspiring others.
“East Kilbride is a front-runner in sporting achievements. We have international windsurfer Alan Jackson, British Champion trampolinists Pamela Clark and Carla Mills and Scottish Champion hurdler Emma Brown to name but a few.
“We also have Rugby World Cup members Ally Strokosch and Ritchie Gray in the town and local golfer Scott Jamieson who played a major part in helping Great Britain and Ireland retain the Vivendi Seve Trophy in France.
“East Kilbride is a great town for sport and I hope all those who have the opportunity to take park in ‘Games for Scotland’ programmes have a fantastic time.”