Lotto helps create future Larbert sports stars

Andrew Lauder and Fraser Johnston with Olympian Sir Chris Hoy
Andrew Lauder and Fraser Johnston with Olympian Sir Chris Hoy

Sporty teens will be able to get qualifications in coaching and pass on their skills thanks to a £17,550 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Tryst Community Sports Club applied for the funding to train some of their best sportsmen and women in coaching the younger generation.

The money will pay for 40 fourth year Larbert High pupils to take part in the young Tryst Leaders Project, giving them recognised coaching qualifications in sports such as tennis, gymnastics, cycling and rugby.

The grant will also buy start up equipment and it’s hoped the initiative will create a lasting legacy at the school.

Former Larbert High students Fraser Johnston and Andrew Lauder applied for the funding and said they were thrilled to learn it had been approved.

Fraser said: “Larbert High has a strong emphasis on sports and Tryst Sports Club has made it more accessible for everyone to get involved in an activity that interests them.

“We have lots of talented athletes at Larbert High and the Tryst Leaders Project will give them skills in coaching, provide more sporting opportunities to pupils and perhaps encourage the participants to consider a career in sports.”

Tryst Sports Club is a unique link up with the school, Stenhousemuir Football Club and Falkirk Community Trust. It combines 17 clubs in various sports and activities and opens up the facilities at the school for the greater community.

The partnership helped the school to be awarded the gold standard from SportScotland and Larbert will continue to add to the sports on offer with a bike skills track due to open next month.

Fraser, who spent the last year volunteering with the school and various charities and is heading to university to study medicine in September, said: “This project could create the next generation of athletes and coaches.

“It could also encourage more young people to volunteer, not only in sports, and be more community minded.”