School bid­ding to scoop a sec­ond top award

West Lothian Courier - - News -

The great and the good of Scot­tish sport will again be recog­nised at the Sun­day Mail and sportscot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards in De­cem­ber, and a West Loth­ian school could be in the hunt for more award glory.

Now in its 12th year, the an­nual event which is spon­sored by sportscot­land – the na­tional agency for sport – cel­e­brates ex­cel­lence through­out Scot­tish sport by award­ing our sports­men, women, teams and vol­un­teers for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in 2018.

And among those likely to be in con­tention is Spring­field Pri­mary, the Lin­lith­gow school was awarded a sportscot­land Gold School Sport Award last month for ex­celling in the de­liv­ery of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar sport.

The award was pre­sented to staff and pupils at the school on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, by An­drew Bap­tie, Part­ner­ship Man­ager for sportscot­land. Spring­field Pri­mary is among 284 schools awarded gold sta­tus across the coun­try, a record num­ber and a jump of over a third from 2016/2017.

As part of the Na­tional Lottery funded pro­gramme, the sportscot­land School Sport Award is a na­tional ini­tia­tive that is de­signed to en­cour­age schools to con­tin­u­ously im­prove phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sport. The Award also en­cour­ages sport­ing links be­tween schools and the com­mu­ni­ties around them.

Ste­wart Har­ris, chief ex­ec­u­tive of sportscot­land, said: “Once again it has been a mo­men­tous 12 months for the sport­ing sys­tem in Scot­land and the Sun­day Mail and sportscot­land Scot­tish Sport Awards pro­vides us with the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on many achieve­ments of the past year.

“In com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try the trans­for­ma­tive power of sport is in ev­i­dence on a daily ba­sis, not least through the 673 schools which have been recog­nised with a School Sport Award which are cre­at­ing real op­por­tu­ni­ties for school chil­dren to be­come in­volved in sport.

“The Scot­tish Sport Awards will shine a light on the suc­cesses of the past year, from the tire­less work of vol­un­teers and coaches in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties right through to the per­for­mance of Scot­land’s top ath­letes and sports stars on the global stage. It will be an­other night to re­mem­ber.”

There are now 673 schools in Scot­land that have earned an award, a record num­ber. There are cur­rently 284 sportscot­land Gold School Sport Award schools, 307 schools have been awarded Sil­ver and 82 with Bronze.

To achieve a Bronze or Sil­ver sportscot­land School Sport Award, schools self-as­sess their cur­rent prac­tice. How­ever, to gain Gold sta­tus an ex­ten­sive ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment is also car­ried out by an in­de­pen­dent panel of ex­perts.

Mark Wells, Spring­field Pri­mary head teacher said: “When I came to the school in May 2017 there wasn’t a lot of sport go­ing on in the school, we then made it a pri­or­ity to pro­vide a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren across the school to be en­gaged in sport.

“Part of that was we wanted to open up path­ways to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and sport clubs so chil­dren who en­joyed sport in school could progress that in­ter­est some­where lo­cal.

“We felt that the School Sport Award would give what we were do­ing a struc­ture and our Prin­ci­pal Teacher Ewan Lo­gan was bril­liant at tak­ing us through the process.

“We’ve had great com­ments from pupils, staff and par­ents. One par­ent came to me and said her son had never done any sport be­fore and now he goes to the run­ning club we put on ev­ery week and his fit­ness and health has be­come a lot bet­ter.”

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