THE Wee County is "well ahead of the game" when it comes to sports development, according to one councillor.

Clackmannanshire Council is the first local authority to ensure all primary and secondary schools achieved gold status in sportscotland's Schools Sports Awards.

The achievement was highlighted during a sitting of the People Committee last Thursday, October 3, when elected representatives approved the Clackmannanshire Sport and Active Living Framework for the next decade.

A "delighted" committee chair Councillor Graham Lindsay said the documents tabled showcase the breadth of work ongoing.

Speaking about the council being the first in Scotland to make sure all schools achieved a gold status, he said: "This authority is well ahead of the game."

The aim of the framework is to create "a focussed and co-ordinated approach to supporting and developing opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity and forms part of the broader leisure strategy that is currently being developed".

The broader strategy being developed was announced when Alloa Leisure Bowl was in line for the chop when the most recent budget was set.

In the end it received a reprieve for a year while plans are being developed for the future.

The use of social media will be "vital" to the last week debated framework in the coming years in promoting existing and new activities, according to council papers.

The framework is already being used and one of the first priorities was to make sure funding from sportscotland was in place to roll out a women's and girls' physical activity project around Sauchie.

And events are already taking place, just last Friday, October 4, there was an Active Girls Day organised with netball, gymnastics, skiing, adapted inclusive movement and more on offer.

The framework also seeks to bring together local and national partners including agencies, clubs, community groups, businesses, sponsors and development trusts "in order to play to Clackmannanshire strengths and uniqueness".

There are also plans to ride the waves of Tokyo 2020 and give local children the opportunity to try the Olympic sports they can see on TV.

Councillor Jane McTaggart said the framework will be a "brilliant antidote" to balance the digital learning strategy, debated earlier in the day, making sure children are not only benefiting from technology in studies but are also staying physically active.