A MENTAL health awareness campaign is just one of the three success stories that has seen Ayrshire College being nominated for three SQA Star Awards.

The Passing Positivity campaign spearheaded by the HND Coaching and Developing Sport students at Ayrshire College highlights the benefits that exercise can have on your mental health and wellbeing.

The campaign, backed by former footballers Kris Boyd and Chris Sutton as well as Outlander star Steven Cree has been nominated in the Innovation category.

The college has also been nominated as ‘College Candidate of the Year’ and ‘Partnership of the Year’.

An Ayrshire College student has been crowned the best college student in Scotland every year since 2014. Previous winners have all been Sport & Fitness students: Angela Alexander (2014), Stephen Wilson (2015), Natasha Kerr (2016), James O’Neill (2017) and Ross Munro (2018).

Twins Lewis and Ryan McGregor, HND Coaching and Developing Sport graduates, will be looking to continue this incredible streak of success at this year’s ceremony.

Both Lewis and Ryan have recorded an astonishing 1,000+ hours’ worth of volunteering last year, earning them Saltire Awards. The 19-year-olds were recently named the Best Young Volunteers at the Scottish Football Association’s South West Region Grassroots Awards.

The Partnership of the Year award nomination is for Ayrshire College’s Construction Technology & Trades department’s innovative approach to restoring Belleisle Park’s historic walled garden, in partnership with Morrison Construction and South Ayrshire Council.

SAC funded scaffolding, materials and accommodation for the students on-site for the project, via the Rejuvenation and Restoration plan for Belleisle Park.