Academy wins sports accolade
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.”