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Talented young sportspeople were FAST-tracked to success this week at an awards ceremony in Linwood’s On-X leisure centre.

More than 50 local athletes were awarded FAST card grants by Renfrewshire Sports Network.

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The Funding Athletes Supporting Talent (FAST) programme provides grants or subsidised access to training facilities for athletes living in Renfrewshire or competing for Renfrewshire-based clubs.

The grant awards are organised by Renfrewshire Sports Network in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure.

Young sports stars competing in athletics, gymnastics, basketball, golf, cricket, karate and many more sports received awards.

Ray Nelson, secretary of Renfrewshire Sports Network, said: “Access to training facilities or funds to buy sporting equipment can make all the difference between a young person chasing their sporting ambitions or giving up their sport. With these grants, we’re giving more than 50 young people a helping hand to develop their sporting talents.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Sport is hugely important in helping our young people live healthy lives and also gain the skills and confidence to take into adult life. Anything that we can do to help them pursue their sporting ambitions has to be encouraged and it’s great to see that Renfrewshire Sports Network is doing just that.”

FAST application forms are available from Renfrewshire Sport Development on 0141 889 1110.

For more information about Renfrewshire Sports Network, contact Ray Nelson on 0141 889 5363.

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Leisure bosses relax child swim rules.

LEISURE bosses have relaxed the rules on how many children one adult can take into a swimming pool.

Up until recently, every child under the age of five had to be accompanied by an adult.
But now Renfrewshire Leisure – the management trust that runs sports and leisure centres – has decided that one adult can take two children under the age of eight into their pools.

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The move comes after sports and leisure industry body, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity changed their guidelines on adults accompanying children in swimming pools.

Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “For some time we have been well aware of – and have had some sympathy with – the view that the previous rules were restrictive on families with one adult only being to take one child into our pools.

“We welcome the change in guidelines from the CIMSPA and are sure that the new rules still afford a high level of safety for children coming to our pools.

“I also have no doubt that many parents will also welcome the change.”
Renfrewshire Leisure runs five pools locally – The Lagoon, in Paisley; Johnstone Sports Hub; The ON-X, in Linwood; Renfrew Victory Baths and Erskine Swimming Pool.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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.


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 beforehand to confirm their attendance.

The sports strategy and survey are available online at

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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