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Sporting heroes take to the podium

Cllr Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Sport, Leisure and Culture Board, with award winners in Paisley Town Hall

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sports coaches, officials and volunteers from across Renfrewshire have been celebrating the achievements have some local heroes.

A recent awards ceremony at Paisley Town Hall for the Renfrewshire Coaching, Officiating & Volunteering (COV) Awards saw key figures from the local sporting scene thanked for their contribution.

Cllr Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Sport, Leisure and Culture Board, with award winners in Paisley Town Hall

The awards are a joint initiative between Renfrewshire Council and sportscotland with local sports teams and clubs providing the nominees.

Ten outstanding individuals were picked from over 50 nominees and received a certificate of recognition, a plaque and a £100 cheque. Each award winner will now be automatically entered into sportscotland’s national COV Awards later in the year.

Representatives from local Community Sports Hubs were recognised on the night for their work in establishing the new local sports networks.

Renfrewshire’s COV 2014 award winners were:

Young Persons Coach – Scott Moran
Young Coach – Josh Anderson
Young Volunteer – Corrine Cunningham
Community Coach – Ross Douglas
Volunteer – Alan Haldane
Disability Coach – Nicole Brown
Event Volunteer – Stuart McPhail
Technical Official – Jonathon Corr
Development Coach – Tim Burges
Performance Coach – Graeme Thomson

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture and Policy Board, presented the awards and said: “It was a pleasure to meet all of the winners and get the opportunity to thank them for their immense contribution to the local sporting scene.”

“Participation in sport is crucial to everything the council wants to achieve, from improving health to building self- confidence and employability in young people.

“It’s hugely encouraging to see the work done by Renfrewshire Sports Services to stimulate interest in sport. Together with our COV winners, their dedication and hard work is central to ensuring excellent sporting opportunities for all of Renfrewshire.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Plenty for kids this Easter break

ON-X Linwood

Plenty for kids this Easter break

Wondering what will keep the kids busy during the school holidays?

The answer might be a packed programme of sports and leisure activities from Renfrewshire Council.

The Active Renfrewshire team promise Commonwealth Games-themed activities, sports ‘taster’ sessions and outdoor activities such as fishing and cycling. Other less-sporty types might prefer the arts, dance and multimedia activities the StreetStuff team bring with them on the Youth Bus.

The team will be out and about across the towns and villages from 1-14 April.

ON-X Linwood

Details of where they will be and when are available online at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk or from the Youth & Sport Services Team on 0141 889 1110.

Sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, including the new On-X Linwood centre, will host Spring Activity Camps during the holidays. These highly-popular camps are available for four or five days and are designed around ‘early risers’ or ‘afternoon kidz’ to suit parents’ needs.

Places can be booked online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or on 0300 300 0250.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “With the weather being so bad lately, I’m sure the kids are raring to get outside and have some fun. But even if it stays as bad, we’ve got plenty going on, from the activity camps to the Youth Bus, which the weather won’t beat!