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Energising Sport in Scotland

Let's Get Sporty

Community Windpower (CWL) alongside Dumfries based community interest company, Let’s Get Sporty, spent the last school term building a partnership which saw the delivery of free health and wellbeing sessions in four Dumfries and Galloway Primary schools.

The project delivered a full day of sports coaching once a week for five weeks throughout the schools; Sanquhar Primary, Kelloholm Primary, Moffat Primary and Lockerbie Primary. In total 320 hours of free physical activity and learning were provided to over 1000 pupils. The sessions integrated building knowledge around improving health and wellbeing while simultaneously increasing awareness about the community and environmental benefits of green energy.

CWL’s current portfolio boasts seven operational wind farms across Scotland, two sites currently under construction and three ‘next generation’ wind farms currently in planning based near Sanquhar, Moffat and Langholm.

The two sites closest to the schools taking part in the project are our proposed Sanquhar II and Scoop Hill Community Wind Farms. Sanquhar II Community Wind Farm is located 6.5km south of Sanquhar and will consist of 44 turbines and Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm is located 5km south of Moffat and will consist of 75 turbines. In total, the schemes will produce enough green electricity to power 907,000 homes annually and will overset well over a million tonnes of CO2 each year.

CWL remain committed to continuing Scotland’s leadership on climate action and helping reach net zero by 2045. This partnership highlights how Scotland can secure a ‘green recovery’ post pandemic and build a more prosperous future for the next generation.

David Bradbury, Managing Director at Let’s Get Sporty commented “Working together with Community Windpower we can boost the health and wellbeing of the children in this community through regular sports sessions.

“It is will also be an excellent opportunity to simultaneously build knowledge around the environmental and community benefits of renewable energy, incorporating sport and learning together”.

Diane Wood, Community Benefits Director at Community Windpower said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Let’s Get Sporty to deliver sports sessions to over 1000 pupils across 4 primary schools, located in close proximity to our proposed Sanquhar II and Scoop Hill Community Wind Farms.

“Regular sports sessions are fundamental to keeping fit and healthy, as well as having positive mental health benefits. This is also an opportunity for the children to learn about the positive impact renewable energy can have on both communities and the environment.”

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