SPORTS facilities in the Bellshill area have been given a boost with the opening of a community sports hub at Cardinal Newman High School.
The sports halls and gym areas at the school will open to a variety of groups at the end of the school day as part of a drive to increase the number of people of all ages participating in physical activity.
The development of community sport hubs is a key part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy Plan and Cardinal Newman is the seventh such hub to be opened in North Lanarkshire.
Hubs already operate at Dalziel and Braidhurst High in Motherwell and schools in Coatbridge, Airdrie and Cumbernauld.
There will be wider benefits such as the use of the club room in the school as a base for clubs and a coach education programme.
Clubs already using the hub include Calder Cobras Basketball Club, Iaksa Kick Boxing, Bellshill TAGB Taekwondo, Rokuban Karate, Wadokai Central Karate and Mossend Athletic Football Club.
Lynn Black, of Bellshill TAGB Taekwondo Club, said: “The creation of this hub has been brilliant for our club.
“We ran some taster sessions for pupils and after that our numbers soared as the kids were really keen to get involved.
“The support we have had from the Active Schools team has been first class and they have helped us with additional training and funding for our equipment.”
Council leader Jim McCabe said: “It’s part of our drive to boost sports participation and use the facilities we have available to benefit the whole local community.
“The success of our Scottish Olympians in London is an inspiration to us all and hopefully at the next Olympics we will see some of our own local youngsters taking part.”
Any clubs wishing to use the hub should contact NLC development officer Stuart Farr on 01236 812216.