A THREE Towns pair have joined forces in an effort to promote inclusive sport in the area.

Allwyn Crawford and Connor Paterson met up in Saltcoats last week to discuss inclusion through sports and ASN activities for the Three Towns area and wider Ayrshire.

Allwyn has recently expanded her 'Promoting Inclusion Through Sports' not for profit company into the area after moving to Saltcoats from East Dunbartonshire.

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The first classes organised by Allwyn are due to launch this week.

The expert coach will be hosting Additional Support Needs (ASN) Boccia classes in the Ardrossan Civic Centre on Glasgow Street - which will run for six weeks.

The first of these classes will be held on Saturdays, beginning on January 21, from 11am until 12pm at absolutely no cost. Sessions are for those aged 16 and over.

Boccia is a precision ball sport, similar to bocce, and related to bowls - and is designed for athletes with high support needs. Those interested in booking into these sessions in Ardrossan should email allwyn@promotinginclusionthroughsport.co.uk.

And Allwyn hopes this is just the first of many initiatives she will run throughout the county - and has enlisted the help of local teen Connor to do so.

Connor takes pride in being from Stevenston and was recently selected as one of a 20-strong group from hundreds of applicants to join sportscotland's Young People's Sport Panel.

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This is a lottery-funded programme geared at influencing and shaping sport in Scotland.

Both Allwyn and Connor have a great passion to bring sport to all in Ayrshire and, more specifically, they are focussed on inclusion through sports for ASN and other disability-related sports activities.

The recent meeting in Saltcoats was the first of many exciting collaborations and there is an ongoing agenda to offer the utmost in sports inclusion to all in Ayrshire.

It is hoped that combining Allwyn's 12 years' experience in tennis, coaching, ASN activities, and development of sports-related programmes and the exciting enthusiasm from 19-year-old Connor will bring a great deal to the area - and a solid partnership has been formed.