The popular BBC Radio Scotland football show Sportsound has been broadcast live from Loudoun Academy, in front of an enthusiastic and lively audience.
The panel was chaired by Kenny Macintyre and featured Scottish Internationals Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock Football Club), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Gemma Fey (Scotland’s most capped footballer) and Pat Bonner (Irish International Goalkeeper).
However, before the show was broadcast, the BBC had organised a number of fantastic football coaching sessions for the pupils, in association with Sportscotland and the panel members, which also included Paul di Giacomo and Dom Thomas, from Kilmarnock Football Club.
In addition, the BBC’s Poet in Residence, Stuart A Paterson was on hand to encourage pupils to write poems about their love of the game and these were read out live on air during the Sportsound broadcast – to an ecstatic school audience made up from dads, mums, grannies and papas.
After the show, the stars took time to meet pupils and families, posing for pictures and signing autographs.
The BBC also complimented the school for their hospitality and the organisation before, during and after the broadcast, saying that it was some of the best they had experienced in the show’s history.
Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning said: “This was a fantastic scoop for Loudoun and I was delighted to learn the BBC and Sportscotland had received such a warm East Ayrshire welcome on an especially cold day.
“I was also very impressed to hear that the BBC sound engineers allowed pupils behind the scenes access to see how the show was put together and then hosted an impromptu careers talk for those interested in broadcasting and sound production.
“All in all, this was a hugely successful day and a fantastic accolade for Loudoun Academy. Well done”
You can listen to and download the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05p0nx4