Former Bothwellpark High deputy head Brian Gilmour has expressed his gratitude to staff at Keir Hardie Sports Centre in Holytown for a long and fruitful association over nearly two decades.
Bothwellpark High caters for pupils with additional support needs and since 1997 has used the facilities available at Keir Hardie as a key part of their physical education programme.
In a touching letter Mr Gilmour praised the value of the centre to pupils over the years.
He wrote: “We have tried other centres over the years and, while they have lots to offer in terms of resources and activities, there’s something special about this place.
“We’ve found the venue’s size and friendly atmosphere really work for our kids.
“We only have to ask once for something such as an additional changing room, a tweak to the set up or a change of time and the team always find a solution to meet our needs.
“I hope our relationship with Keir Hardie continues for many more years to come and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for all their support over the years.
“The school have found their children derive huge benefit both from the facilities on offer and their relationship with the staff; and pupils from various classes now use the centre up to four days per week.”
Customer liaison manager Pamela McGrath is hoping the relationship will last many more years.
She said: “It’s great for all of us to be able to contribute to the learning experience of the pupils at Bothwellpark High School.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to witness the sheer fun the children have when they visit the venue and I hope we’ll see them enjoying themselves here for another 17 years at least!”