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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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Renfrewshire volunteer sports heroes praised

Renfrewshire volunteer sports heroes praised.

Coaches, officials and volunteers from across Renfrewshire have been recognised for their contribution to the local sporting scene.

Robert Hawkins from Kilbarchan Amateur Athletic Club has been crowned Renfrewshire’s Performance Coach of the Year whilst Iain Crawford from Renfrew Town AFC has scoped Community Coach of the Year.

Renfrewshire Council and Sportscotland teamed up to honour its local sports heroes with the Renfrewshire Coaching, Officiating & Volunteering (COV) Awards 2013.

Members of local sports teams and clubs nominated the people they feel create sporting opportunity in Renfrewshire with their time and effort.

Nine outstanding individuals were picked from 53 nominees to receive a certificate of recognition, a plaque and a £100 cheque to advance their coaching qualifications, fund new equipment or support their clubs entry into competitions.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture and Policy Board, said: “The contribution made by these individuals is immense and their dedication and hard work is central to ensuring excellent sporting opportunities for all of Renfrewshire.

“2014 is a big year for sport with the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow and we believe this will inspire people of all ages and abilities and build a legacy of participation in organised sport.

“People like our award winners who do such much at grassroots level will be vitally important in making this happen and we’ll do all we can to acknowledge and thank them for their contribution.”

Renfrewshire’s nine award winners were automatically entered into Sportscotland’s national COV 2013 awards.

17-year old Gareth Scott from Johnstone went on to be awarded national Young Volunteer of the Year. He started volunteering through Renfrewshire’s Active Schools programme during his third year at Johnstone High.

Gareth has since clocked-up more than 700 hours of coaching running sessions at Renfrewshire Council’s summer sports camps and as lead coach at the Paisley Piranhas Swim Club for children with disabilities.
Reflecting on his coaching experience to date Gareth said: “I’ve been involved in playing a lot of sport so volunteering gives me the chance to pass on my knowledge to kids. Seeing them develop through the year is one of the most rewarding aspects of it and it really gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Gareth is a successful graduate from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education (RSSE), a one year sports training programme available to selected pupils aged 16 and 18 years.

RSSE helps pupils to develop skills and techniques in specific sports. They also gain essential skills and experience for working with children and young people in schools.

Up to 60 secondary school students are selected to take part in the programme, which will open again in August. To follow in Gareth’s footsteps and be considered for the 2014 programme, pupils can request an application form from their Active Schools co-ordinator.

Renfrewshire’s nine COV 2013 award winners:

* Abigail Reilly – Young Coach of the Year
* Iain Crawford – Community Coach of the Year
* Ian Turley – Development Coach of the Year
* Robert Hawkins – Performance Coach of the Year
* James Kavanagh – Young Person’s Coach of the Year
* Lauren Miller – Disability Coach of the year
* Hayley Strickland – Young Volunteer of the Year
* Gareth Scott – Volunteer of the Year
* Jason Pender – Official of the Year