in #KillieStories May 24, 2018
The Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust (KCST) welcomed pupils from Cumnock Education Group in partnership with Lesley Murdoch’s JiM (Jump into Movement) earlier this month.
Jump into Movement is an East Ayrshire Council, Scottish Attainment Challenge project run by EAST (East Ayrshire Support Team) which builds capacity within health and well-being.
This allowed all 40 children, from Greenmill, Auchinleck, Catrine and Netherthird primaries, to enjoy a variety of activities at Rugby Park.
The KCST staff provided handball on their community pitch; small sided football matches on the Rugby Park turf as well as a stadium tour. This was a special experience for everyone involved as this was a first time visit for many of the children.
JiM is a fantastic programme which measures the reactions, co-ordination, agility and balance of children as well as involving them in PE lessons, which suits their needs.
Highlights of the day included a visit to the dressing room, where their favourite players sit, seeing the club's trophies and memorabilia.
Mrs Murdoch said: "It was a fantastic day at Rugby Park, the kids loved their time and we really enjoyed spending time, this gives an opportunity to kids on the programme to visit their local football club. We were delighted to partner up with KCST staff who facilitated the day.
"We also had Catrina O’Neil, Health and Wellbeing Manager, joining us and she was impressed at the set-up and hopefully this will be the beginning of a successful partnership."
KCST Community Support Officer Grant Moore added: "When Mrs Murdoch got in touch to come and see a JiM class we were immediately impressed with the programme and wanted to stay in close contact with it, we jumped at the chance to host a visit for the kids and it was really rewarding to see how much they all enjoyed the day.
"We hope it is the first of many successful visits with the programme."