A GROUP of female pupils helped secure £3,000 in funding for a disability sports team after taking part in a nationwide initiative.

Ross High School ran a Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), which gives a grant to the most deserving charity based on the best presentation.

Erin Robertson, Rachel Shepherd, Danni Lee and Annie Bowman won the money after presenting their case for Tranent Disability Football Team.

Part of YPI Scotland, the project engages schools across the country in battling it out for the funding, as well as engaging with local charities and good causes.

Erin Robertson said of the experience: “At the beginning of the YPI process we were far from motivated as we approached the toughest school year.

“However, being able to hand over the £3,000 cheque to the Tranent Disability Football Team has created an everlasting feeling of joy that none of us will forget.

“The team allows children with disabilities to come into a judgment-free zone where everyone loves football.

“When we attended a training session in September our attitudes immediately changed as we witnessed first-hand the amazing work these guys do for the kids who attend.

“After immense hard work, we are able to say it well and truly paid off and are so thankful for the opportunity.

“It was an honour to represent the club and hope they continue achieving greatness for these kids and for Tranent in the future.”

The YPI programme is currently operated in 143 secondary schools in Scotland by the The Wood Foundation.

Each school selects a year group which is then split into teams. Each team researches a local social service issue they feel passionate about and identify an appropriate local grassroots charity.

They then work together to create presentations and go through stages before the finalists present in front of judges, where the group with the most discerning and impassioned argument wins £3,000 for their chosen charity.

Tranent Colts, who run the disability team, thanked the girls for all their efforts and support.

Paul Reynolds, headteacher at Ross High, said: “We were delighted to run the YPI programme yet again this year. I think it would be safe to say that the commitment, creativity and presentation skills from all groups in the final was the best we have ever had.

“I would like to thank Ms Dalgliesh for all of her efforts in leading such a worthwhile project, as well as thanking all staff that helped with the delivery of the course.

“Of course, it is only right to congratulate the brilliant pupils on all their efforts and offer special congratulations to the winning team.

“I’m sure the £3,000 awarded to Tranent Disability Football Team will go a long way to helping ensure football is accessible to all youngsters in our community.

“A big success all round.”