Sports event to tackle sectarianism

Anti-Sectarian Event Group

Sports event to tackle sectarianism

Sports Coaching students from Forth Valley College teamed up with the Supporters Direct Scotland ‘The Colour Of Our Scarves’ campaign recently to provide community coaching volunteers in an anti-sectarian multi-sports event.

A total of 17 students from the second year HND Sports Coaching course volunteered to help out at  the successful event for more than 120 primary seven pupils from three local primary schools – St Margaret’s, St Andrew’s and West Quarter – on Thursday 31 March at the Little Kerse facilities run by Galaxy Sports.

The event allowed the students to complete their Managing Volunteers module and also gave the school pupils a chance to experience, football, rugby, athletics and dance coaching as well as an innovative presentation on anti-sectarianism.

Mark Reid, Project Manager with Supporter Direct Scotland, and also a former FVC Sports Coaching student, said:

“The students have been excellent over the period of time we have been working with them. They deserve great credit and praise for their effort and enthusiasm towards the event. We are delighted that a group of young students have taken the opportunity with our help, to try and make a positive impact in their communities, utilising sport as the vehicle to address sectarianism and promote equality.

“We received excellent feedback on the day from the teachers and pupils alike and thanks to the support of LK Galaxy Sports and The CO-OP, a great day was had by all.”

FVC Sports Coaching & Fitness Lecturer Grant Ralston, said:

“I am very proud of all the FVC Coaching students. They delivered exceptional community coaching sessions that ensured that the school pupils had an enjoyable morning.  I wish to thank ‘The Colour of Our Scarves’ for giving the students an opportunity to be involved in such a positive initiative.”

For more information on Supporters Direct Scotland and The Colour Of Our Scarves visit the Supporters Direct Scotland website.

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