SCORES of secondary pupils have shown they are real good sports after graduating from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

Paisley Abbey was packed with families and friends for the graduation ceremony and the presentation of certificates to 70 students by Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron.

The School of Sport Education initiative, run by Renfrewshire Leisure, trains students aged over 16 for leisure and sport coaching qualifications to help them find work when they leave school, college or university.

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Each pupil taking part has completed 20 weekly after-school sessions, child protection training and a placement to gain volunteering experience by coaching and delivering 60 hours of sports activities to young children. 

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, said: “We’re very proud of what the young people in this year’s intake have achieved. 

The Gazette: Family and friends packed into Paisley Abbey for the ceremony Family and friends packed into Paisley Abbey for the ceremony

“It’s not just how they have developed their own skills and expertise, but what they have done for younger pupils by inspiring them and showing them the benefits of sport in maintaining an active lifestyle.

“The students have become role models and heroes to the children they have coached.

“What the students have learned and experience by taking part in the initiative will stand them in good stead as they make their way into adult life.”

Students from Renfrewshire’s Young Ambassadors programme helped organise the awards event. 

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There were 22 students from local secondary schools who planned and hosted the graduation awards at Paisley Abbey on the night.

The Young Ambassadors – chosen from all 11 secondary schools in Renfrewshire – promote sport in their schools and are involved in various events throughout the year.

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