FIR PARK's Easter ski school was a smash hit with Wee County kids last week.

The youngsters enjoyed a variety of snow sport activities on the dry slope in Tillicoultry, all under the expert tuition of the experienced staff.

Instructor Cath Bain told the Advertiser the sessions attracted participants from across Clackmannanshire, as well as further afield.

She said: "The ski school has been very popular this week, someone even travelled from Perth.

"This is a great way for kids to get some outdoor exercise and is a different sporting activity than what they would normally get.

"We've had lots of returning visitors and many people taking part for the first time. A lot of people panic, thinking that we'll put them at the top straight away, but that's not the case."

Ronan Cairns and Lucy Pirrie signed up for the ski school after completing a four-week block during PE lessons at Tillicoultry Primary.

The 11-year-olds have loved the sessions.

Ronan said: "It's been a lot of fun and is different from other sports."

Lucy, who also takes part in gymnastics and dancing, added: "It's a new experience and people shouldn't be scared of trying it. I'd really like to join the after-school club."

Lucy's mum Kirsty thought it was an "ideal opportunity" for kids to try something they normally wouldn't during the holidays.

She said: "This is a great way for them to get outside and have some fun in the fresh air.

"Lucy always tries her best and wouldn't have had the chance to ski if it wasn't for her PE class."

Instructor Shaun Lynch, 17, is one such youngster that has risen through the ranks of Fir Park's education programme and he now boasts a BASI Level 1 qualification.

The Alva Academy pupil, who can instruct indoors and on dry slopes, said: "I enjoy giving children the chances I got when I was younger."

The Easter ski school, which is running again this week, caters for all abilities and is open to adults as well. All the equipment and "fabulous" instruction is supplied; just take waterproofs and gloves.

For more information, call 01259 751772.