LOCHABER Sports Association (LSA) is inviting S4-S6 school pupils in the area to submit entries for a new sports film competition.
Films should be between three and five minutes, promoting a variety of sports or healthy activities – at least five sports must be included – and individual or team entries will be considered.
LSA chairman Jane Blanchard said the contest was a great chance for budding young film-makers to use their talents to promote sport and healthy pursuits to their peers.
She said: “The aim will be to produce a film that will show their friends that sport and activity are fun and healthy, and that taking part can help make you more confident, form strong friendships and generally enjoy life to the full.
“Depending on the results, we are hopeful that they might be taken up by national sports organisations to promote sport at grassroots level.
“With all the media publicity given to the participants in the Olympic Games, there’s a danger that youngsters may start to see sport as something for talented athletes, rather than something they can take part in just for fun.”
Those taking part are urged to check out what’s going on at their local sports clubs and have a look at all the activities on offer in the High Life Highland summer activities programme.
Mrs Blanchard added: “The heros and heroines of the film shouldn’t particularly be Lochaber’s many talented sports youngsters, but everyone who’s giving it a go – large, small, able-bodied or disabled – and maybe trying something new for the first time.
“They can use interviews, music, graphics – anything to get the message across.”
Head teachers at Kinlochleven and Mallaig high schools have offered to lend the school digital camera equipment to pupils who need it.
Application forms and High Life Highland’s summer programme can be downloaded from the Active Youth page on www.lochabersportsassociation.org
The film submission deadline is September 28 and winners will be announced, prizes awarded and films shown at the 2012 LSA awards evening.