A CLACKS schoolboy competing in an international fencing competition in Poland has been awarded £300 from the Rotary Club of Alloa.

The money will help 12-year-old Calum Kettles purchase new fencing equipment ahead of the event.

Calum, a first-year pupil at Alva Academy, has been participating in the sport for the past four years.

He trains twice a week with the West Fife Fencing Club, and regularly competes.

He is currently ranked No 3 in Scotland for the under 13 age group, and already uses his skills to instruct adult beginners who are almost twice his height and three times his age.

He has also enjoyed success at the Youth Development competitions in Scotland, winning the bronze medal place in all competitions over the last two years.

And when he travels abroad for the Challenge Wratislava competition in late March, he will be representing his country in fencing for the first time.

Scott McEwen, head teacher at Alva Academy, says Calum is a pupil who embodies the school's core values, and said that everyone is extremely proud of his achievements.