GOAL-DEN girls from a local primary school are ‘on the ball’ and going for goals.

Budding footballers at Kilmacolm Primary hit the target as they took part in a special training session designed to encourage more girls to get involved in sport.

Primary seven pupils Jenni McKeown and Lucy Devine, who are the school’s sports leaders, said they really enjoyed the session.

Jenni said: “Our coach is very good and makes sure we all have fun.”

Lucy added: “I don’t normally like football but the coach has made it really fun.

“I always think football is a bit rough but it’s really fun when it’s just the girls.

The event was organised to coincide with the Scottish Women and Girls In Sport week.

The school now aims to build a girls football club which would run after school.

Trainer Laura Williamson, women and girls project worker at Morton in the Community, says she is keen for more girls to get involved in football.

She said: “I came in to the school to deliver some football coaching to the girls and give them a wee taster of it.

“Hopefully it will encourage them to get involved in the beautiful game.

“With football they get a sense of belonging, as there is a good social side to it.

“You’ve also got the health side of it as they are out playing, having fun and enjoying it.

“There are so many benefits.”

Women’s football is becoming increasingly popular and Kilmacolm Primary teacher Lynn McPherson believes it’s a good idea to get more girls involved in the sport.

She said: “We want to encourage the girls to get active and it’s brilliant that we have support from Morton in the Community to do this.

“It’s mega important that girls at this age don’t lose interest in sport.”