MEMBERS of Inverclyde's New Scots community got the chance to show off their skills on the park in a sporting event with a difference. 

The team at Your Voice organised a traditional Scottish sports day and a United 7s football tournament for refugees who are living in Inverclyde. 

The day of sporting fun coincided with Refugee Week and helped raise awareness of the impact people from all over the world have on Inverclyde. 

(Image: George Munro)
Kevin Begley, community connector at Your Voice, said the event was a fantastic opportunity for refugees to get out and about and get active. 

He added: "A lot of the guys living in the hotel are feeling really cooped up and haven't been getting much access to activities.

"We're finding that they're starting to becoming a lot more interested in getting physically active, and are going to the gym and playing football. 

"We're managing to get wee bit of funding to help them keep fit and we're running football sessions at Lady Octavia every Monday.

"It was great to see so many New Scots enjoying themselves on the day."

Kevin said around 30 refugees and more than 20 representatives from third sectors organisations, and from Your Voice partners including the NHS and Inverclyde HSCP, turned out for the event. 

Members of Inverclyde's refugee community enjoyed traditional sports day activities like the egg and spoon race, and tug of war. 

(Image: George Munro)
(Image: George Munro)
Kevin said the day was a great success and said the team are looking forward to next year's day of sporting fun. 

He added: "It's a great way to get refugees living in Inverclyde integrated into their communities, and a good chance for everyone to spend time together taking part in fun activities."