Top pupils give kids free access to sport

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Inspirational school pupils have been awarded a prestigious accolade for services to their local community.

Nine students from Bo’ness Academy formed Club Connections, which provides free access for kids from P1-P7 in Bo’ness to do different sports at the high school.

Their hard work and commitment has been recognised as they have been given the 2016 Princess Diana award this week after helping to improve the lives and opportunities of other children in the area.

The pupils helped convince local sport clubs to sign up to their Club Connections database. In return those clubs could use the academy’s facilities whilst primary school-aged children gained free access to their clubs – such as trampoline, dance and tae kwon do – for six weeks. After the six-week taster, the children could then follow up their interest by signing up to a club in the community.

The project which has been a year in the making and started in November, runs every Monday after school.

It is organised by the group of pupils, with the help of Health and Wellbeing faculty head Jonny MacWhirter.

He said: “The students play a big part in it and give up a huge amount of their time.”

Rhys Struthers (16) who helps run the club connections, said: “It’s really important to let the kids try something new. It helps them make new friends.

“I think it’s great they have this access.”