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Enhancing sport and physical activity provision within South-West Edinburgh

Oriam Host Give & Gain Day Games

On 10 May Oriam hosted the Give & Gain Day Games, in aid of SportInspired, with Lloyds Banking Group. 200 staff members from Lloyds Banking Group descended on Oriam, Scotland's Sports Performance Centre, to volunteer at the largest of seven Active Learning programmes being held across the UK in partnership with national charity SportInspired.

The festival saw around 450 children, aged 7-9 from local primary schools take part in sports like rugby, basketball and ultimate frisbee. The sports were delivered through a combination between clubs local to the South-West Edinburgh delivered many of these sports and students from Heriot-Watt.

The programme is aimed at enabling colleagues to support their local community – introducing children to a wide range of local sports and educating them on the benefits of participation in physical activity and forms part of Lloyds Banking Group’s ambition to help Britain prosper. The Group has committed to provide 2.3 million colleague volunteering hours by 2020 to support community projects. All colleagues are encouraged to spend at least eight hours per year volunteering in local communities.

The Active Learning Programme is an example of how sport can be used as a vehicle to inspire change. Pupils not only take part in a range of sports – many for the first time – but are also taught about the importance of mental wellbeing, healthy eating and maintaining an active lifestyle. In other areas of the UK the programme also focuses on supporting children with additional learning needs, as well as educating young people on employability skills as they plan and deliver the programmes.

Philip Grant, Chair, Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group said “Two hundred colleagues from across the business will support this great event delivered by SportInspired at the Edinburgh, Oriam. Volunteering and sharing skills at this fantastic community event plays an important role in our ambition to help communities across Scotland prosper.” Colleagues will work with over 400 children and teenagers to inspire them to try out a variety of new sports, help build their confidence, develop an array of new skills and discover countless new-found talents.”