Olympic day out for Girvan kids

Invergarven pupils enjoy the train trip to their Olympic day in Stranraer.
Invergarven pupils enjoy the train trip to their Olympic day in Stranraer.

On the day the GB men’s curling team reached the semi-finals of the Winter Olympics, children and teachers from Invergarven School, Girvan, turned Stranraer into Sochi last Tuesday.

The school took up an offer from their local community rail partnership, SAYLSA, to go on a train trip to Stranraer and sample curling at the North West Castle Hotel.

ScotRail kindly sponsored the travel element and the North West Castle did likewise with the curling session whilst SAYLSA provided an education pack for the journey identifying items of interest on the 38-mile trip.

Teacher Clarke McDowall who with Stuart Greig, Jackie Shaw and Rosaleen Skilling accompanied the children said: “This was a fantastic day out, very educational and the young people thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The school is very grateful to ScotRail and to John Yellowlees in arranging the complimentary travel, to Gail Munro at the North West Castle for their hospitality and generosity and for Richard Carr at SAYLSA for pulling the whole package together.”

ScotRail’s External Relations Manager John Yellowlees said: “At a time when Scottish curlers are making world news, ScotRail have been pleased to enable SAYLSA and Invergarven School to demonstrate the ease with which train travel facilitates a memorable day out enjoying curling at Stranraer’s famous North West Castle Hotel.

The event proved a further boost to the sport championed in Stranraer by the North West Castle hotel.

Gail Munro Ice Rink Manager at the hotel said “The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is actively promoting the sport at the moment to coincide with the Winter Olympics and we were delighted to welcome Invergarven School to the rink. We would welcome other schools and groups to try the sport and what better way to get here than by rail where the train station is only a few minutes away.”

This is the third time SAYLSA have taken a local school to the curling and the close proximity of the venue to Stranraer station demonstrates the opportunities that are available.

Hopefully, other schools can be encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.