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Strategy aims to make sport ‘way of life for all’

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Strategy aims to make sport ‘way of life for all’

Sports clubs and organisations across Renfrewshire have been invited to contribute to a new strategy making sport a ‘way of life for all’.

A consultation event on Thursday 19 June at Gleniffer High School will give delegates the chance to express their views about developing sport in the area.

The event coincides with the publishing of an online survey designed to let even more individuals, clubs and organisations give their opinion.

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The event invitation has been issued by Councillor Jim Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board.

Councillor Harte said: “Our aim with this strategy is to encourage more people to be active and to reach their full potential in sport – ultimately, to make sport a way of life for all.

“Our ideal would be to see more people, more active, in more places, more often.

“The strategy covers everything from school sports to sporting facilities in the community and we want the broadest set of views and opinions possible.

The consultation event at Gleniffer High is a great opportunity to do so and I’d encourage clubs and organisations to contact us and arrange to send somone along.”

Anyone interested in representing their sports club or organisation at the event can email culturalservices.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk beforehand to confirm their attendance.

The sports strategy and survey are available online at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk

The strategy has been prepared jointly by Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure, Renfrewshire Sports Network and sportscotland.

For more information about the strategy or the consultation event, contact Jim Blythe on 0141 889 1110.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Street Stuff buses get back on road

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All aboard as Street Stuff buses get back on road

Two buses used to help give the young people of Renfrewshire somewhere to go in the evenings are back on the road and coming to a venue near you.

The award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project runs a programme of activities – such as street football – at various sites in the area.

Street Stuff buses launchUntil last year, the Street Stuff timetable included a youth bus and gym bus, which went temporarily out of use when Arriva – which operated the vehicles – was taken over by McGill’s.

But the two buses have since been given a makeover by McGill’s and are now back on the road.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, met up with Ralph Roberts, managing director of McGill’s, to help show off the revamped vehicles at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Devine said: “Over the last few years, Street Stuff has been doing fantastic work around Renfrewshire, with a clear trend showing a reduction in youth disorder in the areas where it operates.

“While many young people will enjoy taking part in the street football, it is important we offer a range of activities which will be of interest to everyone.

“The youth bus and gym bus have plenty which will help give those aged 10 to 18 something to do in the evenings and we are pleased they are back on the road.

“While Street Stuff has already won a series of awards, we are keen to build on its success, and the return of these buses will help us to do that.”

Ralph Roberts of McGill’s added: “McGill’s is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as the Street Stuff programme.

“The buses offer easy access to great facilities for teenagers across the McGill’s operating area and we were only too happy to get involved. We wish the team every success.”

The youth bus boasts Playstation and Xbox games consoles in its computer area, as well as musical equipment. The gym bus has six pieces of cardiovascular fitness equipment and Wii Fit computer games.

As well as street football with coaching from St Mirren, the Street Stuff timetable includes The Box, a multi-functional games area.

Street Stuff is a partnership between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, McGill’s, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire and Reid Kerr College.

The programme attracts more than 20,000 young people a year and has led to youth disorder dropping between 18% and 40% in each area where it operates.

The current Street Stuff timetable can be viewed at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk

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Gateway to the Games stokes Commonwealth Games fever in Renfrewshire

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Gateway to the Games stokes Commonwealth Games fever in Renfrewshire

Hundreds of Renfrewshire children are being given the chance to take part in a week long programme of free activities designed to raise awareness about the countries taking part in the Commonwealth Games and the events in which they’ll be competing.

The Renfrewshire Gateway to the Games Sports programme runs from 15-19 October 2012 and has been organised by Renfrewshire Council. Games for Scotland 2012 and EventScotland have made the sports week possible thanks to £8,000 in funding.

Active-RenfCouncillor James Harte, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said, “This week long series of sporting events will raise awareness about the upcoming Commonwealth Games and help teach local youngsters about the countries and sports involved.

“The aim is also to inspire and motivate local young people and build a pride in Renfrewshire, in Scotland, in our team and in what we can achieve.”

During the week youngsters will be able to try a variety of sports including: hockey, tennis, badminton, cycling, netball, bowls, rowing, martial arts, athletics and volleyball.

The week is targeted at all youngsters from P7 up to 18 years old. Sessions are being staged at Park Mains High School, King George V playing field Renfrew, Lochbar in Lochwinnoch, Linwood Sports Hub, Castlehead High School, the Power League in Blackhall Street, Erskine Swimming Pool, Ferguslie Sports Hub and Paisley Rugby Club.

Friday 19 October sees the culmination of the week’s activities when competitors will be able to take part in Renfrewshire’s first ever triathlon for young people and meet ‘Clyde Bear’, the Glasgow 2014 mascot. The triathlon takes place in Erskine and includes running, swimming and cycling. The competition starts in Erskine Pool at 1pm and finish on the Waterfont in front of Bridgewater Shopping Centre.

Friday also sees evening a Commonwealth Football League Tournament at Ferguslie Sport Centre from 5.30pm to 9pm. Teams can enter by contacting 0141 889 1110.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said, “This year’s impressive Games for Scotland programme highlights the passion and enthusiasm communities across Scotland have for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Importantly, the programme will give thousands of people the opportunity to be part of the building excitement as we move closer to 2014.

“The wide and diverse nature of the Games for Scotland programme perfectly illustrates there’s more to the 2014 Games than just sport. The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture, delivering a legacy Scots can be proud of both now and in the future.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said, “With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games just finished, the attention and focus will now turn to Glasgow and Scotland as proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the excitement is already building across the country. We’re delighted that Renfrewshire Council is holding this sports week as part of the Games for Scotland programme. The programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to participate in a number of fascinating events that will celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage and role as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

More information on how to sign up for the sessions is available at http://activerenfrewshire.co.uk/ or by phoning 0141 889 1110.

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12,000 get Active in Renfrewshire 

Thousands of children in Renfrewshire are swapping the sofa for the sports hall according to a new report.

Last year over 12,000 pupils took part in lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local children more active and help to build up the area’s sporting infrastructure. The figures are contained in the 2011/12 annual report for Active Schools – a partnership which promotes healthy lifestyles and involvement in sport.

The intensive sporting activity over 2011/12 generated a significant haul of precious metals for Renfrewshire. Pupils won 10 gold medals and three silvers at events outside the region. Six competitors from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club secured a further eight gold medals and two silver medals at the regional championships at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “Our Active Schools programme is a key part of our drive to deliver on the National Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Let’s Make Scotland More Active.’

“Active Schools is about building exercise into young people’s lives by developing Renfrewshire’s sporting infrastructure. A major part of the programme is to train the trainers and create qualified coaches who can take their expertise into the community. Over 400 volunteer coaches have been recruited, trained and deployed. These figures show that we are achieving our goals.

“But this isn’t just about hitting targets. Active Schools helps pupils develop a lifelong passion for sports that will protect their health and build their fitness. Not only that but we are now seeing graduates from the training programmes going on to represent Scotland in our national teams.”

The foundation for the programme’s success is this core of trainers which consists mainly of teachers and students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education and other award programmes. These help pupils acquire essential life skills such as team working, organisation and communication.

The Active Schools programme for primaries involves seven key sports: tennis, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and athletics. It also includes dance events.

Between August and March 2011 some 382 clubs were open to pupils in primaries one to seven. These prepared the 8,822 participants for the Gateway to the Games event held during National School Sports Week 2012. The primary school programme also enabled pupils to take part in 44 sporting festivals.

Over 800 pupils got involved in primary school football and netball leagues and another 600 took part in two dance performance evenings held in March 2012 with partners, Infusion Dance.

St Mirren Football Club and the Scottish Football Association helped deliver a six week football programme for primary twos and threes in 12 primary schools. Similar programmes were also held for rugby, hockey and basket ball.

The secondary Active Schools programme focused on badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Dance and fitness clubs were also provided in all schools to target girls and young women.

Fit for Girls, an innovative new scheme supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportscotland ran in seven secondary and two special schools. The aim of the project is to encourage less active girls to take part in all-girl activities which are designed to build their self-confidence and remind them that sport can be fun.

Girl’s rugby was a prominent feature of the Active Schools during 2011/12. One hundred girls took part in the first ever West of Scotland 7s tournament at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. A girl’s rugby academy has also been established for primary six to S6 and 30 pupils regularly attend training. Two of the pupils were selected for the West Under 18s in 2011 and are now playing in the Scotland Women’s Under 20 squad.

Pupils from Renfrewshire’s special schools took part in the Renfrewshire Special Games and hosted two regional events for children with a disability – the West of Scotland Junior Boccia Championship and the Renfrewshire ASN Indoor Athletics Championship.

Active Schools’ key sports are developed and delivered with relevant local clubs including Paisley and Bishopton Rugby Clubs, Kelburne Hockey Club, Strathgryffe Tennis Club, Basketball Paisley, Kilbarchan Athletics Club and Netball Renfrewshire. This partnership approach encourages pupils to become more involved in community club sports.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

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Young People Enjoy Packed Spring Break Programme

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Young People had plenty on offer to keep them occupied over the recent spring break.
Renfrewshire council’s Youth and Sport services rolled out a free and packed programme from the 2nd until 13th April at venues across Renfrewshire for 10 to 18 year olds.
Activities ranged from fishing trips, youth drop-ins and film projects to dance workshops, water sports and Commonwealth sport sessions (including athletics, rugby, hockey and football).
Jim Blythe, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Development Co-Ordinator, said: “Our spring break programme was packed full of sports and activities Renfrewshire young people told us they enjoy. There was such a wide range on offer and there really was something for everyone.
“The feedback from the young people was fantastic – and we can’t wait to get planning for summer when we get to do it all over again.”
For further info please visit: www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk
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Mad Hatters Fun Run

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Looking to have some family fun on April Fools Day? Why not join Jogging Buddies at Barshaw Park for the Mad Hatters Fun Run. You can walk, jog or run!

There will be a 3K at 11am open to anyone over age 9 and a 1K for all ages/abilities at 11.45am.

All participants will receive a medal and Easter Egg and their will be a special prize for the maddest hat!!

Entry fee £5.00 for 3k & £3.00 for 1k (£13 for family of up to 2 adults & 2 children). Call the race hotline 0141 880 9096 for an entry form or enter on the day from 10am.