GIRLS at a Clacks secondary have been enjoying the opportunity to get involved with rugby for the first time.

Alloa Academy has recently kicked-off its first-ever Girls Rugby Team in a bid to provide more sporting opportunities to female pupils.

The team has been busy training and are enjoying a partnership with Alloa Rugby Club, receiving coaching from the club's John Hesketh.

With the support of experienced school staff, including learning assistant Grant Bonnar and Chris Jewell from PT, they recently entered their first tournament with more action to come down the line.

Mr Jewell said: "I am so proud of the girls; they have been showing a great deal of commitment and courage.

"At a tournament held at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, the girls played four games and managed to score seven tries along the way."

The development of the team enjoys the support of proud headteacher Colin Bruce.

Mr Bruce said: "Alloa Academy staff have developed excellent partnerships with Alloa Rugby Club who offer excellent coaching within our curriculum.

"I'm pleased to see the girls are thriving and enjoying their rugby.

"It is important that all of our learners get opportunities to learn and work together as a team.

"I'm sure Clackmannanshire families will be proud of the girls."