ASPIRING athletes are being put through their paces at action packed summer sports sessions in Greenock.

Young track and field stars got the holidays off to a flying start at the Inverclyde Athletic Club summer camp.

Ten-year-old Nuala Ward, a pupil at Wemyss Bay Primary, says she loves the athletics camp, which is being held at Inverclyde Academy.

She said: "We are getting to do lots of different things.

"We've been trying out javelin, the triple jump and shot put.

"I like athletics because it's good for you and I can make new friends."

Zoe Renfrew, 16, a pupil at Clydeview Academy and a talented middle distance runner, is one of the young coaches helping out at the camp.

She said: "I enjoy seeing the children develop, it's nice to know you're playing a part in it.

"It's especially nice to see the younger ones who attend the Mini Athletics programme developing into athletes."

Renowned athletics coach Janice Hendrie says the camp is not only great for the children but is also a great opportunity for the talented young coaches too.

She said: "The younger children have been doing lots of running, jumping and throwing and they're going to do a Highland Games type of challenge.

"The older children are going to do a quad challenge where they do four events and we'll give them awards and certificates.

"It's great for the young coaches, as they gain a lot of leadership skills."

The camp, sponsored by local firm Diode, is on at Inverclyde Academy Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 12.30pm until August 2, with Mini Athletics for five to eight-year-olds and Run Jump Throw Athletics for eight to 11-year-olds.