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Dance class girls in Highlands take interest in PE

Young woman on an indoor climbing wall
Image caption Indoor climbing and cheerleading have also been offered to youngsters

Dance classes have been proving successful in encouraging girls to take an interest in PE at school, according to a Highland Council report.

Girls are among groups deemed "hard to reach" by the authority and its Active Schools teams in terms of getting them to take up physical activities.

Offering dance has seen more than 170 pupils take part in performances in Lochaber.

Girls have also been leading their own classes and launching clubs.

The efforts have been backed with funding from Sportscotland.

The report praises five P7 girls at Ardersier Primary who were given leadership coaching and went on to help lead activities at an after-school club.

Calling themselves the Pink Thistles, the youngsters earned a reputation for success and were asked to help out at an event at Cradlehall Primary, near Inverness.

Cradlehall has since formed its own Pink Thistles team.

Family farm

The report to Highland's education, culture and sport committee said economically-deprived areas around Invergordon, Inverness High, Alness and Wick schools had also been targeted.

Pursuits offered to youngsters in these areas have included mountain biking, indoor climbing, girls football, cheerleading, basketball, rugby and golf.

The report noted that in rural areas some pupils showing little interest in PE were active at home because they helped out on their family farm or croft.

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