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TEAMS from Cumnock and Doon Academies took part in a sporting event with a powerful message.

The first and second year pupils were joined in Dalmellington by a group from Grange Academy as 60 youngsters played in a No Knives Better Lives football tournament.

Doon Academy campus officer, PC Frank Kennedy and Ross Stormonth from Active Schools, welcomed the teams along.

While there was a competitive element, the focus of the event was fun and the only prize on the day was a fair play award which was won by Grange Academy.

No Knives Better Lives is a campaign, led by the Scottish Government, which highlights the dangers of violent crime, helping to divert young people away from antisocial behaviour.

Mr Kennedy said: “This was a brilliant event. The young people really got behind the tournament, training hard in the weeks running up to the competition.

“No Knives Better Lives is a worthwhile campaign which has a significant impact on young people.

“The tournament was great fun for everyone involved but there was serious message which we got across really well to our pupils.”