NET gains were made by young sports leaders who organised their first tournament for local schoolchildren.

Kids from across Inverclyde took part in the netball competition held at Greenock Sports Centre.

Talented players from Notre Dame High School - who are the reigning Scottish Schools champions - umpired at the tournament, as part of the school's innovative Netball Leadership Academy.

The programme, which is a partnership between the school and Inverclyde Active Schools/Sports Development, has allowed the pupils to complete a Netball Scotland umpire course plus a coaching award.

Claire Munn, Active Schools co-ordinator, came up with the netball pathway project.

Claire said: “The girls at Notre Dame High have shown real commitment to this project.

"They gave up two days of their October break to complete their 'C' umpire awards and start SQA leadership awards.

“As the game progresses, the role of the umpire is vital in helping to ensure matches are played safely and to the rules.

"The work we do is about giving back to the sport and the girls are now helping to run and organise the primary school netball events which Inverclyde Active Schools/Sports Development run four times throughout the year.

"This was the first of these events.”

Councillor Jim Clocherty, convener of the education committee, says the Active Schools team plays a vital role in giving young people an interest in physical activity while also helping them to gain qualifications.

He said: "Their work is also important for bringing new talent into sports and ensuring there are enough officials available for matches and events to be held at a competitive level.

“More and more people are taking part in netball, more clubs are developing and players are getting faster and stronger.

"High quality umpiring is essential at all levels and it’s great to see our pupils taking up the challenge.”