CHILDREN of key workers are enjoying a summer of fun at holiday camps in three East Renfrewshire schools.

Packed programmes are being offered to youngsters at Barrhead High, Williamwood High and Eastwood High by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure (ERCL).

The kids can try their hand at archery and tennis, as well as other outdoor games, and there is a daily mile scooter challenge to add to the fun.

Arts and crafts are also on offer, plus reading and library activities, drama and even drumming practice.

Among the key workers whose children have been taking part in the holiday camps is Laura Rooney, who works as a nurse.

“The kids are having a great time,” said Laura, from Giffnock. “The leaders are lovely and have organised a really varied programme.

“There are activities such as T-shirt making and sports and I’m able to go to work knowing my kids are happy and engaged.”

ERCL staff are leading the sessions, including the trust’s recent sports leadership graduate Tom Morgenthaler.

In between lessons during his fifth year at Woodfarm High, Tom completed the trust’s sports leadership academy, which is aimed at giving youngsters a head start in forging successful sporting careers.

He is now employed with the trust and works alongside team leaders at the holiday camps, delivering various sports.

“I’ve recently completed rugby and football training as part of the leadership academy and am now putting all the skills I’ve learned along the way into practice,” said Tom.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the kids as part of their holiday camps and I enjoy keeping them active and happy. They’ve been playing rounders and basketball, taking part in athletics and fitness classes.”

Tom hopes to continue working in sports and wants to study sports science at university.

The holiday camps replace ERCL’s summer programme this year, which are usually open for public bookings and take place at schools and halls across the region.

Anthony McReavy, of ERCL, said: “We’re pleased to be able to host and deliver this fantastic programme of activities, to enable key workers to carry out essential roles in our community.

“Our team of staff are committed, as always, to ensuring the children are learning and active while having great fun along the way.”

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