All’s well at Fir Park activity project

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A new project run by Motherwell FC and funded by the Scottish Government is aiming to get parents and their young children to be more active.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, visited Fir Park last week to see the project in action and meet some of those involved.

Children's minister Aileen Campbell (left) visiting the new initiative.

Children's minister Aileen Campbell (left) visiting the new initiative.

The More Active More Often programme is run by the Motherwell FC Community Trust and backed by a £9,920 funding award from the Scottish Government’s Communities and Families Fund.

It is aimed at mothers with children aged between three and five from deprived areas of Motherwell and Wishaw, and comprises a 10-week programme with the emphasis on activity and nutrition.

The Scottish Government cash is enabling the Trust to pay for coaching costs, hire of classroom and gym for 120 hours and training kits for mum and child.

Praising Motherwell FC’s efforts to promote healthy living, Ms Campbell said: “Football clubs are at the heart of our communities and it’s never too early to encourage our wee ones to develop good nutrition and exercise habits.”

Community Trust programme development manager Graeme McArthur added: “All the staff at Motherwell Football Club Community Trust strive to make a difference to those living in the local area.

“It will be great to see the parents and children get active together while hopefully developing a real love of physical activity.”