Larbert church puts the Games focus on young folk

Larbert Old Parish Church hosted a Commonwealth Games event
Larbert Old Parish Church hosted a Commonwealth Games event

Sixty youngsters from a church’s youth organisations launched their own countdown to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

2nd Larbert Company of the Boys Brigade, 62nd Larbert Cub Scouts, 1st Larbert Girls Brigade and 2nd Larbert Girls Guides, which are all connected to Larbert Old Parish Church, enjoyed 20 activities at the event.

They paid for entry by donating tinned food which will go to Falkirk Food Bank and activities were based on sporting challenges and games connected to the countries in the Commonwealth.

Rev. Aftab Gohar of Larbert West Church talked about the history of Pakistan and described life for a teenager living there before the young people took part in activities including foot art, friendship bracelet-making and an assault course tackled blindfold.

There was an educational element too, with Commonwealth flag identification and a talk on the history of the Commonwealth Games and the 70 nations, territories and states that take part.

Brian Allan, captain of 2nd Larbert BB, said the day was a huge success despite the temperamental weather.

He added: “The weather was typically Scottish and unpredictable.

“But once the rain stopped, as it did eventually, it was out into the church grounds for grass darts and to play on the bouncy castle, bungee run and gladiator jousting.

“All this could not be achieved without being fuelled with burgers and juice from the barbecue.

“The day drew to a close with the awarding of a Commonwealth Badge to everyone.

“If success had to be measured, the number of times the leaders were asked by youngsters ‘can we do this again next year?’ then it certainly was a successful event.”