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Students from Isobel Mair School enjoy a visit to the gym at Barrhead Foundry
And that's exactly what happened for seven pupils who are studying for their Wellbeing Award SCQF Level 3.
The visit and conducted tour of the facility was the brainchild of 15-year-old Stephen McAlister, from Auchenback who came up with the idea for his fellow pupils at Corrie House - the inclusion support service at the Isobel Mair School, in Newton Mearns for youngsters with additional support needs. The Wellbeing Awards encourage pupils to look at the connections between psychological, emotional, social and physical health that lead to a balanced and satisfying lifestyle.
Stephen explained why he suggested his classmates come along to Barrhead Foundry gym:
"This is a great facility and I come here quite regularly. I thought it would be good for everyone to try out the different equipment in the gym and learn how coming here can keep you fit and is good for your health.
"It was quite easy to persuade the other pupils to come along and everyone enjoyed the visit."
Teacher Sue Laurie said: "A lot of the students had never been to a gym before and it was a valuable experience for them.
"Coming as a group gives them confidence that they can come back and use the gym at Barrhead Foundry again when they are out of school. It's all about giving the students real-life experiences that will help them develop into adulthood.
"We'd like to say a big 'thank you' to the gym staff at Barrhead Foundry, who took the time to show the students around."
Chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust - the organisation that now runs sports, leisure and cultural services in the area - is Anthony McReavy. He said:
"We've got some of the best facilities in the country and we want as many people as possible to use them and get the benefit.
"The students were given a tour of the gym and our staff members Kenny McDonnell and Hugh Coyle, who showed them how each piece of equipment works and how their health and fitness would benefit by using the machines in the gym."
Picture: Back row from left, student, Semon Tatarenko, Barrhead Foundry gym attendant, Hugh Coyle, Stephen McAlister, Trust Exercise and Fitness Development Officer, Kenny McDonnell and student Nathan Mo. Front row, Holly Henderson, Melissa O'Neil and Fraser McCourt.
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