Paving the way for a future in sport

Sport plays a significant role in society.

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Sporting activity has been a bit thin on the ground during 2020 so it was heartening indeed this week to hear that Campbeltown’s swimmers were back in the water (page 28) and that the town’s oldest and longest-running football club was laying solid foundations for the future (pages 12 and 13).

Unlike many sectors, sport heavily influences the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation.

Sport plays a significant role in society. It keeps people active, makes people healthier
both physically and mentally and helps people to develop their own skills and confidence.

Furthermore, sport and physical activity has been used as a tool for crime diversion,
building social and community cohesion. It teaches teamwork, it teaches discipline, it
teaches respect.

For many – adults and children alike – participating in sport is the highlight of their week. That sense of belonging, a sense of achievement, a feeling of winning or losing together and competing, whatever the level.

Grassroots is the foundation on which sport is built. It’s at a grassroots club where a child will kick their first ball, bowl, tackle, catch, shoot – it’s where they fall in love with
sport. Every elite performer began their career in grassroots sport somewhere and were
inspired by the coaches and the club surroundings, encouraged and nurtured at every
level.

So well done indeed to Kintyre Swimming Club, Campbeltown Pupils Football Club and all the other sports outfits in and around the town which are paving a way for an active and healthy future for all.