Stepps nursery youngsters launch new Clyde community scheme

Stepps youngsters with Clyde FC Community Foundation's Tom Elliott, Cara McBearty and Cameron Cairney and David Wilson of sponsors Advance Construction.
Stepps youngsters with Clyde FC Community Foundation's Tom Elliott, Cara McBearty and Cameron Cairney and David Wilson of sponsors Advance Construction.

Youngsters from Stepps Nursery School had a ball as they helped senior side Clyde launch a new community programme.

Clyde FC Community Foundation, in partnership with Bellshill-based firm Advance Construction, have recently joined forces offering each nursery school in Cumbernauld and surrounding areas free sessions as part of a new nursery programme.

The programme aims to develop boys and girls through active play, designed to improve physical literacy levels, co-ordination, balance, communication and listening skills.

It will use a mixture of activities such as skipping, hopping, jumping and fun football activities to improve the confidence levels of young children at nursery.

The driving force behind the sessions is the foundation’s community engagement manager Tom Elliott who has been involved with many nurseries across Scotland over the past 15 years delivering fun themed coaching sessions to pre-school children during his time with professional football clubs at Stenhousemuir, Falkirk, Morton and Hibernian.

He said: “This programme offers each pre-school child the opportunity to be part of an energetic, dynamic and fun physical activity through the use of colourful equipment and carefully designed curriculum.

“I am passionate about using football as a medium to maximise development in key areas of this formative age group and we achieve this through a completely new, exciting and creative curriculum that working alongside the latest government initiatives to allow the greatest development for each child.”

Children will take part in fun football activities lasting around 45 minutes each week, indoors. Each week is themed so they will get to meet and hear about Alfie the Adventurous footballer, Caroline the Confident striker or maybe even meet Woody, Jessie or Buzz from Toy Story.

The sessions starts with a fun warm-up before the fun physical activities using footballs and multi coloured equipment. The programme aims to provide a positive experience for children and has been designed to encourage children’s social skills and confidence, ensuring that all children have the opportunity to experience physical activity in a fun filled environment and encourage them to choose exercise as a healthy way of life.

Experienced community coaches with a passion for sport deliver all sessions.

Tom and David Wilson, development director for sponsors Advance Construction, both attended the official launch with the help of some energetic youngsters at Stepps nursery school.

David commented: “As an organisation we are committed to delivering a comprehensive Community Benefits programme which is a core component of our business, therefore Advance Construction are delighted to be involved in such an innovative and beneficial initiative, which will assist in providing the children with the best possible start in life.”