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Danish gymnasts get pupils in a twist

Published Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Pupils from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, Strathaven Academy, Calderglen High and Duncanrig Secondary with the Danish performance team’s Mette Berthelsen Nielsen and Joakim Vilhemsen

One of the world’s foremost gymnastics performance teams have been wowing audiences across Lanarkshire.

And the National Danish Performance Team put on a show to remember at East Kilbride’s Alistair McCoist complex to round off a packed tour of North and South Lanarkshire.

They also staged workshops for primary and secondary school pupils offering an insight into the creative routines that make their must-see shows so dynamic.

Twice daily events were hosted for schools from across Hamilton and East Kilbride at Holy Cross and Calderglen High Schools. In partnership with Education Resources and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s Active Schools team, the gymnasts took each group through a unique masterclass.

And Provost of South Lanarkshire Ian McAllan, who co-hosted a reception for the team with North Lanarkshire Provost Jean Jones, said: "Having performed for more than two million people in 60 countries worldwide, including an event at the Great Wall of China, this team are masters of their craft. I’m in awe of their commitment and athleticism. What an opportunity this visit has offered our young people.

“Both councils and leisure trusts were also keen to learn more and share more with our Danish visitors, working as we are towards a goal that they have already achieved, where sport and activity are not just a diversion or a hobby, but a way of life.

“These young people are an inspiration around the world and the inclusive message they embody is a lesson to us all. It is testament in fact that anything is possible with hard work and commitment.”