Sports accolades for Girvan education centres

GOOD SPORTS: Pupils and headteacher Jane Gordon celebrate their success with councillors Alec Clark, Alec Oattes and John McDowall.
GOOD SPORTS: Pupils and headteacher Jane Gordon celebrate their success with councillors Alec Clark, Alec Oattes and John McDowall.

SPORTING organisations from Girvan have been recognised at county-level in an awards ceremony for providers of active recreation for disabled youngsters.

Invergarven School on the town’s Henrietta Street was named Most Active School in the whole of Ayrshire for 2011 at Ayrshire Sportsability’s seventh annual charity ball and awards ceremony.

Meanwhile Girvan’s Adventure Centre for Education (ACE) was a runner-up in the Activity in the Community category, losing out to Ayr’s Ace Running Club.

Invergarven – whose pupils have taken part in sports including canoeing, abseiling, skiiing and extreme rock-pooling this year, as well as the more regular sports of horse riding, swimming, and football - was nominated by South Ayrshire Council’s Active Schools Coordinator Callum Oates.

Staff were thrilled to be shortlisted for the prize, and were invited to attend the final at Ayr Racecourse.

Headteacher Jane Gordon said: “All our staff, parents and pupils are extremely proud to have won this award. Our trophy has taken pride of place in the school.

“It gives us recognition for our commitment and dedication to ensuring that our young people participate in high quality learning experiences, whilst promoting health and wellbeing across learning. We look forward to continuing with these exciting activities over the next year.”

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council, said the award represented an “outstanding achievement” for the school.

“Invergarven is an outstanding school, with dedicated staff, enthusiastic pupils and supportive parents and carers,” she said.

“Through sports activities the pupils have developed confidence in their own abilities and have learned to support each other to overcome challenges. They have complex additional support needs, but despite these barriers every young person at the school has been involved in sporting activities throughout the year.”

ACE’s Senga Scobie said: “We were delighted to have been nominated for the Activity in the Community award and to be a finalist was a huge honour.

“To have our work with young people recognised in this way is a great reflection on our service provision as people and the environment are at the heart of an ACE experience.”