Fife’s rising sports stars are being given a helping hand from an elite development programme.
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust has teamed up with Active Schools for a second year to support the Fife Sports Stars scheme.
Twelve young people from across the kingdom have been selected to participate in a range of activities and workshops aimed at developing their talents and inspiring others to compete in sports.
The trust will offer the young athletes free access to its gyms, as well as a discounted Leisure Active junior membership.
Fife Sports Stars targets secondary school pupils aged 13-18 who are excelling in their chosen sports locally, regionally or internationally.
This year’s youngsters are competing in fields, including athletics, swimming, tennis, ice hockey, motor racing, tae kwon-do, fencing and kuk sool won.
The trust’s sales and membership manager Rebecca Suiter said by helping to promote role models the programme would hopefully inspire others to take up and enjoy sports.
“We are delighted to be working again in partnership with Active Schools to help widen access to the trust’s facilities for these talented youngsters,” she added.
She said the trust was committed to providing affordable and quality facilities to help people of all ages and abilities to get active.
“We have a number of initiatives and programmes to encourage young people to access trust facilities so that they can foster a lifelong love of staying active.”
Active Schools coordinator Casey Fitzpatrick said: “We are excited to be working with Fife Sports and Leisure Trust for a second year and to be able to provide the athletes with access to an excellent range of facilities that will support their training and preparation for competing.
“The Fife Sports Stars programme consists of a series of workshops that provide access to advice and expertise which would otherwise not be available to them, and, for the participants to demonstrate that success is possible and to use this to inspire and encourage the next generation of pupils to take part in sport and physical activity.”