A NEW primary school netball festival was held for the first time in the Wee County last week in a bid to promote the sport throughout the area.

The event made its debut at Lornshill Academy with the competition designed to help promote netball for everyone.

It was for pupils in Primary 5 through to Primary 7 with a focus on giving performers the opportunity to try a brand new sport in a stress-free and enjoyable setting. There were over 120 pupils representing 13 Clackmannanshire primary schools.

A spokesperson for Clackmannanshire Council said: "This is the first time the sports development team has introduced netball, so to have over 120 pupils embrace the challenge of learning a new sport was outstanding.

"All teachers, coaches, and volunteers did a brilliant job preparing the pupils for the event and this was evident in their games."

The event was organised in partnership with the local netball club, the Wee County Warriors.

There are two opportunities to continue playing netball and, in addition, Alloa Academy and the Wee County Warriors Netball Club will be collaborating to introduce a netball academy within the S1 year age group.

Any P7 pupil interested in netball can request to be placed in the School of Netball starting in August 2019, which is open to boys and girls.

For anyone aged 18 or over who is interested in playing netball they can do so with The Wee County Warriors.

Anyone interested can contact the club at weecountywarriors@gmail.com

For more information on the School of Netball, contact Mr C Jewell, head of faculty of health and wellbeing at Alloa Academy, on clcjewell@glow.sch.uk