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South Ayrshire Youngsters to become Sky sports presenters at The Troon Open

Lee Mitchell and Mia Sterlini from Ayr Grammar Primary School will become Sky Sports reporters for a day as part of Sky's coverage of The Open Golf Championship.

On Thursday 14 July, the pair will have the opportunity of a lifetime as they get the chance to interview sporting stars, celebrities and politicians at the prestigious tournament.

Lee and Mia were selected out of 100 primary school children from schools in South Ayrshire who attended the Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston recently.

Sky Academy uses the power of TV, creativity and sport to build skills and experience to unlock potential in 1 million young people by 2020.

The school children created their TV own programme designed to attract young people to golf and worked behind the scenes and in front of the camera during their half-day Sky Academy Skills Studios experience.

The judges from Sky were impressed with Lee and Mia's presenting skills and the work they put in behind the scenes.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said:

"This will be an amazing experience for our young reporters and their interviews will be watched across the country.

They might not have decided what they want to do when they are a bit older but if they want to get into journalism, this is the perfect start. I am sure they will enjoy being part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world."

As part of a commitment to inspire young people to participate in sport, The Open Claret Jug trophy toured schools in Ayrshire and Glasgow last month with more than 2,000 young people coming face-to-face with the greatest prize in golf.

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of children under 16 being admitted free to The Open when accompanied by an adult and more than 300,000 youngsters have passed through the pay gates in that time.


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