Heriot-Watt University Sports Union (HWUSU) has agreed a fundraising partnership with Active Schools within the Wester Hailes Cluster, which will see £400 raised across the year for the Active Schools sports programme.
The nature of this partnership means that the funds given will be used to provide HWUSU students with opportunities to coach pupils from the Wester Hailes Cluster, which includes Clovenstone Primary, Canal View Primary, Sighthill Primary and Wester Hailes Education Centre. This partnership will not only allow for the pupils of these schools to benefit from increased sporting activity, but will provide them with more information on the opportunities higher or further education can offer. Additionally, this partnership will also allow HWUSU students to have the opportunity of improving their University experience and future employability through these coaching opportunities.
Michael Webster (HWUSU President) and Danny McCormick (HWUSU Community Co-ordinator) were also given the opportunity to deliver a presentation to over 100 S1 and S2 pupils from Wester Hailes Education Centre. The messages relayed were around the importance of sport and the opportunities within higher and further education, whilst also informing the pupils of the fundraising partnership and the benefits they will receive.
Danny McCormick, HWUSU Community Co-ordinator, said:
“This is a really exciting partnership that will hopefully have a whole range of benefits for the pupils within the Wester Hailes Active Schools cluster, and the students of Heriot-Watt University. It is fantastic to be able to give something back to the local community.”
Ricky Karoyan, Active Schools Co-ordinator for the Wester Hailes Education Centre, said:
“This fantastic partnership will benefit the pupils from the WHEC greatly, they will have access to increased sporting opportunities and quality coaching. Our first goal is to run a S1 – S3 football team so we can start playing other schools within the city with the intention of joining the School Cup League. The link with the Heriot Watt students will not only improve our sporting programme, it will also give our pupils the incentive and belief that they too can aspire to University. I look forward to working with the new Coaches from Heriot Watt and developing their coaching skills via the Active Schools Fit to Coach programme.”
Danny and Micheal presented a £400 cheque to Leanne Longmuir and Nicole Hume, S5 Young Ambassadors from Wester Hailes Education Centre outside the school and shook hands to formalise this new and exciting partnership.