A Bright Future

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Birkenshaw Sports Hall Venue News Keir Hardie Sports Centre Kirkwood Sports Barn

A Bright Future


Adele Russell started working at NL Leisure early in 2014 as a dance apprentice. Although Adele's initial contract was for 6 months, she made a fantastic impression on everyone she worked with and the sport development team had no hesitation in offering her a full time job with NL as a dance coach. Adele was delighted to accept the position as she loved working with the company and sports development team had been dancing since I was 3 years old and had a huge passion for the sport.

Adele started working at the Friday Night Project in Birkenshaw early in March of 2014 as a dance coach and when she first started there were no young people interested in dance. Adele began to inject her passion and enthusiasm for the sport into some of the young people and after working with a small group of girls and getting to know them she was able to form a group of 10 girls who began to develop a love for dance. Adele started working with the girls towards a number of competitions and shows and could not believe the improvement she saw in the girls in such a short period of time.

Adele said: "As a coach it was rewarding see the girls grow in confidence and develop their technique. During my time at Birkenshaw I have worked with children from all walks of life and coached them in not only dance but also badminton, basketball and football. My job as a coach is immensely rewarding."

Adele has relished the opportunity to work at the Friday Night Project and loves working with so many young people and getting them interested in various sports. Adele's time with NL Leisure has inspired her to apply for Camp America and gain further coaching experience and inspire more children. She recently found out she has been accepted for Camp America and will be heading out in the summer 2015 which she is extremely excited for.

If you're aged 9 – 16 and you are interested in getting involved in Birkenshaw's Friday Night Project where you can learn from young, enthusiastic and inspiring coaches like Adele then get down to this great venue from 6pm-10pm every Friday evening. The project is amongst the most successful youth sports programmes in Scotland and provides young people with somewhere meaningful to go and something positive and purposeful to do. This programme offers completely free coached sessions in football, dance, fitness testing and cheerleading as well as a sociable and safe place to hang out with your friends and chill.

For more information on the Friday Night Project contact David.Kyle@nlleisure.com.

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CUSTOMER NOTICE - Please note that Kirkwood Sports Barn will remain closed to our customers whilst an extensive survey is carried out to determine the future integrity of the building. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding and will provide update information in due course.

Click here to view the: Kirkwood Sports Barn Fitness Class Timetable

Recently refurbished, Kirkwood Sports Barn has an indoor third generation synthetic football pitch, and a dedicated martial arts area with matted flooring where locals flex their muscles and learn a variety of disciplines in Martial Arts from beginners to advanced level.

The main hall is where the sporting action takes place with a 3 court badminton hall and a variety of indoor sports from table tennis to handball to keep you in great shape.

Find out more about the fitness classes on offer by searching 'Find My Class' and enjoy working out in a group environment.

For birthday parties Kirkwood Sports Barns offers a viewing room overlooking the main hall which can be hired for celebrations. To find out more about NL Leisure's parties for children visit the Kids section of our website or contact our team who'll be happy to help.


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