OLYMPIC success has created a feelgood factor in the country that will be built upon in North Lanarkshire with an increase in the availability of sporting activities.
Today's young people are the athletes of the future and with the upcoming International Children's Games in Lanarkshire in 2011, the Olympics in London in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, sport is coming home and now is the time to find our next generation of sporting heroes.
COSLA award-winning project Saturday Sportscene has been expanded to five sites and the new North Lanarkshire project 'Sports Zone', that began last Monday will be spread out across four areas of the district.
This project will target young people between the ages of 10 and 18 in areas where youth disorder is on the increase and involve them in alternative activities which have a positive outcome.
Eddie Dollochin, North Lanarkshire Leisure social inclusion manager and sport development manager, said: “These projects use sport as a catalyst to alleviate youth crime, whilst improving the health and fitness of the young people that take part and, who knows, maybe we will find the next Chris Hoy.”
He added: “Over the past two years, the Saturday Sportscene project has proved a major success, attracting over 3000 registered participants from the surrounding areas, and in each area there has been a drop in youth disorder.
“In response to this success, NL leisure worked in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, Sidekix Ltd, NHS and the local community groups to create the Sports Zone project, which provides activity programmes during the week.”
Sidekix director Paul Kelly, whose company manage the project activity sessions, said “Often young people are just looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their talent.
“Both of these projects provide an ideal platform for young people within their own communities and we look forward to Sports Zone having the same success as Saturday Sportscene.”
The Sports Zone activity sessions will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at Birkenshaw Sports Barn; West Crindledyke Park, Newmains; Cove Crescent, Dykehead and Craigneuk Park, Airdrie; respectively.
Each session will take place from 6-9pm and provide an array of sport and fun activities coached by qualified professionals from Sidekix, all free of charge.
Saturday Sportscene has expanded to Bellshill and Wishaw Sports Centres on a Saturday night from 6-10pm, in addition to Shotts Leisure Centre, Airdrie Leisure Centre and Tryst Sports Centre, Cumbernauld.
For more information, contact Sidekix: 0141 779 5688 or visit www.sidekix.co.uk