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
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.
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."