Community Windpower Limited (CWL), developer of the proposed Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm, has provided Let’s Get Sporty with funding to conduct 10 weeks of free physical education sessions to over 360 pupils from four local primary schools (Johnstonebridge, Beattock, Applegarth, and Moffat). This includes the cost of renting a local hall facility for Johnstonebridge Primary, a small rural school, which doesn’t have access to its own sports hall.
This is not the first time CWL and Let’s Get Sporty have partnered with each other to deliver free sports sessions to schools in Dumfries and Galloway. Last year, facilitated by funding from CWL, Let’s Get Sporty were able to deliver a total of over 2000 hours of free sports sessions to 1400 pupils across Dumfriesshire in 9 different schools. These sessions have not only provided children with many amazing memories but have also allowed them to develop an understanding on the importance of taking care of their physical health and the world around them.
This time around pupils will participate in an array of sports including rugby, hockey, football, handball, tennis, netball and athletics. CWL representatives will also be visiting each school to conduct renewable energy workshops with the children. In addition to this, after-school clubs will also be made available to pupils of Applegarth and Johnstonebridge schools.
To assist in delivering these sessions, Let’s Get Sporty will be promoting its Let’s Get Employed Scheme. A programme dedicated to providing individuals from the local community with valuable training and work experience to develop their employability skills.
Commenting on the relaunch of the sports outreach programme, Dayne Moore, Community Programme Manager at Let’s Get Sporty, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with Community Windpower, continuing our legacy of providing school children with access to physical exercise and information on health and wellbeing. We are also excited to be able providing young local people, through our Let’s Get Employed programme, with an incredible opportunity to develop their employability skills and gain new experiences.”
This news comes at an exciting time for CWL, as it has also recently announced several revisions to its proposed Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm, which is now a 60-turbine proposal (originally it was 75-turbines) with Additional Information to be submitted to the Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Council very soon. These changes have been made to address comments raised by consultees and the local community and primarily related to landscape and visual impacts, residential amenity, cultural heritage, dark skies, and ornithology.
To find out more information about our proposed Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm Scheme, please visit www.scoophillwindfarm.co.uk. For more information about Let’s Get Sporty’s mission, visit letsgetsporty.com.