Coltness Sports Hub launch
The sports halls and gym areas at Coltness High will regularly be buzzing with sound and activity when the bell rings for the end of the school day.
The refurbished Wishaw secondary has become the latest community sport hub to open in North Lanarkshire.
More than 70 pupils recently enjoyed a fun-filled evening of sport, where they were joined by Clyde the Commonwealth Games mascot at the official launch of the Coltness Hub – the eighth to open in the area.
The activities on display were organised by seven sports clubs who enjoyed showcasing their fun approach towards encouraging young people to get in to sport.
Coltness High head teacher Donald Fergusson said: “With our fantastic new facilities we hope to attract a wide range of sporting opportunities to Coltness. We are very passionate about sport at this school and want to ensure there are strong links between local clubs and Coltness High.”
The development of community sport hubs is a key part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy Plan, and aims to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland.
“Over the last year, staff within our sport and outdoor education team have been working to create opportunities to help support clubs in the Coltness High School Community Sport Hub,” said Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services.
“It’s part of our drive to boost sports participation and use the facilities we have available to benefit the whole community.
“The success of our Scottish Olympians and Paralympians in London is an inspiration to us all and, hopefully, at the next Olympic Games we may see some of our own youngsters taking part.”
Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, added: “Community sport hubs are a key legacy component of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, and using lottery funding sportscotland is committed to developing 150 hubs across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities by 2016.
“It is terrific to see yet another hub up and running in North Lanarkshire and all those involved at Coltness will undoubtedly see the benefits of being involved in this hub.
“Each hub works on the same basic principles but each has the flexibility to identify the needs of their community. This focus on local needs ensures all partners get behind the approach and the work they do has the biggest impact.”
Other hubs in North Lanarkshire include Braidhurst and Dalziel High in Motherwell.
All hubs will develop the sporting infrastructure, encourage sustainability, increase accessibility for all people within a community, offer a range of sporting activities, and a coherent approach to increasing participation.
Clubs and groups will go through a club accreditation scheme to ensure that they are safe and effective.
Other clubs currently working with the hub include Wishaw Wycombe Football Club, Cherry Dance, Dalziel Rugby Club, Wishaw Action Group for Sport, Above the Rim Basketball, Roar Active and Made 4 u in ML2.