FUN and games have been on offer at Barrhead High this summer as it welcomes children to its Holiday Hub.

Youngsters from across the community have been allocated spaces at the summer camp through referrals from the likes of East Renfrewshire Council’s education department and support services team.

A full programme of fun has been delivered by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure (ERCL), including outdoor sports, library activities, drama and arts and crafts for children from local primary and secondary schools.

A healthy lunch is also provided each day.

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Ian Pye, of ERCL, said kids have been thriving at the hub throughout the summer break.

“The children are being kept active and stimulated each day and are really enjoying connecting with other kids, engaging with our staff and learning new skills,” he added.

“We have been hosting themed events, such as Harry Potter activities in the library, where the children have been making wands, potions and invisible ink while listening to extracts from the stories.

“Drama time has also been themed as they take part in Goosebumps and David Walliams activities.

“Playing games is always a favourite activity and they’ve been enjoying lots of outdoor time.”

All activities are led by ERCL’s specialist tutors, team leaders and support staff, including 18-year-old football development coach Finlay Mackay, who has been working alongside child development officers.

Finlay, a former pupil at Mearns Castle High, is set to study Accountancy and Economics at Glasgow University.

He volunteered as a sports coach at Williamwood High for three years and obtained his coaching qualifications through ERCL’s education programme.

Finlay said: “I love leading the sessions as part of the summer holiday camps at Barrhead High. The best part is seeing the kids enjoying themselves.

“I’ve been playing a lot of games with them, such as rounders and football, and have enjoyed getting to know them all.”

The ERCL teams are celebrating achievements and positive behaviour at the end of each day with a list of Magic Moments which are announced by a member of staff over the tannoy.

Ian added: “We’re so proud to see all the children progressing during their time at our holiday hubs and our list of Magic Moments is getting longer every day.

“The children are proud to hear their names being called out as we celebrate all the highlights from our days, from good manners and participation to a child trying broccoli for the first time at lunch.

“Employees have been doing a great job, keeping the children entertained and encouraging learning around a set routine, which is preparing them for returning to school again after the holidays.”