Teenagers share footie skills

14th March 2008 at 00:00
Teenage coaches are bringing sport to some of Glasgow's youngest pupils.

Fourth-year students who choose vocational sporting courses alongside Standard grades are taking their enthusiasm and new-found expertise into primary and nursery schools.

The coaching is proving popular with children and staff, and schools involved have said they want it to carry on as long as possible. Football coaching for children aged three and over is particularly popular.

Coaching has so far taken place at Howford Primary for children with special needs and Penilee Nursery, but all schools in the south-side of Glasgow have been approached.

Margaret Barwell, headteacher of Howford Primary, said: "Our children have thoroughly enjoyed the coaching programme. It is important that they are able to interact with a variety of adults and young people.

"It has also been fulfilling to have been able to help the young people who have been working with us."

The secondary pupils are following a Skills for Work qualification in sport and recreation, and the coaching sessions are an important part of their studies. They have been helped by programme assessor and verifier Jamie Duncanson.

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