Somerset recently played host to the end of season tournament to participants of the Everybody Active programme. Aimed at people with a mild learning disability it’s another Academy squad completing a highly successful year.
Everybody Active is a scheme devised to help youngsters with mental health issues and give them relief form the classroom whilst giving them regular exercise. Throughout the year as part of programme the schools play against each other in festivals and tournaments held in the local area and Glasgow, where they play schools from all over Scotland.
This tournament was part of the week long of events held at Somerset Park with a total of four local special need schools and units from across south Ayrshire taking part.
Somerset was split into 2 sections for the day with two games being played at the same time. Each school got to play each other at least once during the competition with the two schools that won their games playing in the final.
Coach Stuart Watson who attended on the day said,
“The tournament is a fantastic way to end the year with all these schools taking part. I have been working with them all year and all the kids have been looking forward to it. The tournament is a great way to teach these youngsters how important it is to work as part of a team. It also shows them how to deal with competition in a good way.”
After the games all the players were given a talk and were thanked on all the hard work they had done during the year. Every school was then given a medal for taking part with the winning team being awarded a trophy by AUFA coach Stuart Watson.
The tournament was the last in a weeklong of events held on Somerset Park. The Academy would like to thank everyone at Ayr United for letting the Academy use the park throughout the week.
Reported by Chris Higgins