Kilmarnock FC Community Department, in partnership with East Ayrshire Council Leisure Development Department, recently delivered a Match Fit programme for S2 pupils from local secondary school, Grange Academy.

The programme ran at Rugby Park for six weeks, and included:


Pupils compiled match reports from their own school or club games, updated daily course diaries and produced a back page headline and story announcing their appointment as Scotland national coach.  


Through a fantasy football competition, each pupil was given a budget to buy a team from the SPL and the English Premier League each week. Each team manager collated players' personal match ratings, and the manager with the highest points tally was the winner.

Other issues such as racism and the importance of healthy eating and physical activity also played a significant part of the course.

Charlie Adams, PE teacher at Grange Academy, said: "The fantastic partnership we have with Kilmarnock FC, and the programmes offered by the club, provide schools and pupils with an excellent opportunity to experience life outside school. Programmes like this offer an alternative way of learning and raising awareness of the importance of self confidence, team work, physical activity and general health and well being "