in #KillieStories December 5, 2017
Each Monday, primary 7 pupils from across the region enjoy weeks of training and games at Rugby Park before receiving a hot, nutritious meal in the Sports Bar.
The programme aims to help the kids develop their social skills, increase their confidence and give them an insight into a professional sporting environment.
Through a love of football, the project is designed to present the kids with positive models and widen their horizons about life outside of football and educate them about how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
One of the children benefitting from the project, said: “We play some games and then come in for our dinner. It’s a lot of fun coming here and I really enjoy the penalty shoot outs.”
Community engagement manager Paul Di Giacomo said: "We received funding from the Tartan Army Children's Charity, which allows Kilmarnock Football Club to engage with the pupils of Hillhead and Shortlees Primary Schools."The hope is that the kids have a positive experience and improve their confidence and life skills and become Kilmarnock supporters.
"This really is a fantastic programme and one which we hope can sustain to benefit other young people in East Ayrshire."