Academy wins sports ac­co­lade

The Galloway News - - MOTORS -

Kirkcud­bright Academy has been awarded a sil­ver sportscot­land School Sport Award.

The ac­co­lade is handed out by sportscot­land to schools that show in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment in de­liv­er­ing school sport.

It is the only Ste­wartry school – pri­mary or sec­ondary - to achieve any grad­ing from sportscot­land. A to­tal of eight schools across Dum­fries and Gal­loway have gold sta­tus, five have sil­ver and two have bronze.

Funded by the Na­tional Lot­tery, the sportscot­land School Sport Award is a na­tional ini­tia­tive de­signed to en­cour­age schools to con­tin­u­ously im­prove phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sport. It puts young peo­ple at the fore­front of de­ci­sion mak­ing and plan­ning of school sport and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion while in­creas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for pupils to take part.

sportscot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Ste­wart Har­ris said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to staff and pupils across Dum­fries and Gal­loway who are putting sport and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion right at the heart of their school and lo­cal com­mu­nity. They should be proud of this fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

“Along with our part­ners, sportscot­land is com­mit­ted to build­ing a world-class sport­ing sys­tem for every­one and a cru­cial part of that is putting young peo­ple at the cen­tre of our ef­forts. Work­ing with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and gov­ern­ing bod­ies of sport, we are cre­at­ing closer links be­tween phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, school sport and club sport which ben­e­fits young peo­ple by pro­vid­ing more and bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to take part in sport.”

Chair­man of the coun­cil’s chil­dren, young peo­ple and life­long learn­ing com­mit­tee Jeff Leaver added: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the schools that have achieved this award. Pro­vid­ing the best start in life for all our chil­dren is a pri­or­ity for our coun­cil and sport is one of the ways that we can im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to live their lives to the full and de­liver bet­ter out­comes for all.

“What­ever some­one’s level of as­pi­ra­tion, from novice recre­ational to in­ter­na­tional elite, we must do all that we can to meet peo­ple’s sport­ing needs.”

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