West Fife summer of sport draws to a close
Published 12 Sep 2012 12:30 0 Comments
Action from the Young Athletes Trophy meeting at Pitreavie.
Picture: Ted Milton
WEST FIFE helped bring the UK's spectacular summer of sport to a triumphant close with the conclusion of this year's Sport for All Festival.
London may have had the Olympics but Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council had a great alternative to capture the spirit of the games.
The nine day annual Sports For All Festival provided tournaments and come-and-try activities in a diverse programme of sports for all ages and abilities.
Aimed at stimulating interest and participation in sport, this year's programme included major events such as the Young Athletes Trophy Meeting at Pitreavie, the SALSC Scottish Inter District Ladies 50+ Bowls Tournament at Headwell and some exciting activities at Knockhill Racing Circuit.
Young athletes from around Scotland joined Pitreavie AAC for their annual Trophy Meeting on the event's concluding Sunday.
The athletes discovered Olympic 400 metre hurdles semi-finalist Eilidh Child on hand direct from her London 2012 exertions to inspire some excellent performances and present a number of trophies.
Youngsters aged between nine and 16 competed in a number of track and field events with the top three in each event age group being presented with a specially commissioned trophy.
Alongside traditional activities, one of West Fife's fastest growing sports, shinty, provided come and try sessions for interested newcomers, while two popular tennis tournaments were offered at both Aberdour and Dunfermline clubs.
A total of 25 players took part as Dunfermline Tennis Club hosted three events for under 14 boys and girls and U9 orange.
Indoor bowls was the order of the day for local primaries at Abbeyview Bowling Club when close on 100 P4 to P7 excited youngsters took part.
Bowls is the most recent addition to the festival series and the new coaching programme is paying dividends with increased participation already reported. The Bowls Festival attracted 26 teams from 10 primary schools.
Sports council secretary Noel Grinshaw said, "Overall the Sports Council were very pleased with member clubs and other groups who made a great effort to stage such a varied programme of activities which certainly justified their being awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire Programme."
Unfortunately the Forth Swim had to be cancelled on Friday evening due to rough water conditions. Event organiser Andrea Gellan hopes to reschedule the swim for Saturday 22nd September.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 12 Sep 12