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Pupils slope off

Cairneyhill pupils at Fir ParkPRIMARY school pupils in the West Fife Villages have been making the most of skiing opportunities - but not on the slopes outside their doorsteps!

Thanks to continuing financial support from the Community Safety Fund and Fife Council's West Fife locality budget, youngsters from all 11 primary schools in the area have been enjoying skiing activities at Fir Park Ski Centre, Alloa.

All primary six and seven pupils - including the disabled - are given the chance to take part in the youth ski project which helps to build inter-village co-operation and encourages the youngsters to take pride in their area.

Since the project got under way, there has been a marked reduction in vandalism at schools, thanks to the self-confidence, self-control and positive frame of mind gained through the ski project.

West Fife Villages Locality Manager Ray Wood commented: "The children participated in an eight-week basic ski training session, which incorporated integral team building, leadership and personal social development elements.

Two Blairhall Primary School pupils on the slope"The outputs anticipated were those of early intervention - allowing young people and children to work with other villages, building relationships, friendships and working together.

"It also allowed the children to learn about the benefits of a physical activity on their well-being and health.

"It was felt that bringing these young people together at an early age would begin to break down the inter-village rivalry."


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