Pupils get in Olympic mood

HUNDREDS of Aberdeenshire primary schoolchildren competed in their own mini-Olympics last week as part of London 2012-themed celebrations.

Pupils participated in a variety of sports including relay, long jump, discus, javelin and hurdles as part of Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week.

The annual event, which this year saw half a million pupils and around 2,000 schools take part across the country, included the 700 youngsters from 12 schools that descended on a wet and windy Inverurie for the festivities on June 12.

Kintore Primary was one of the schools to make the regional finals, and deputy headteacher Jane Stephen said: “They were really delighted to make the regional finals.

“Mixing with other children is very important and they really got a lot out of it.

“They are starting to see sports other than just football and rugby. Their eyes have been opened to a whole new range of sports that they have never come across before, and not just traditional sports which is good.

“It is also showing them that they could be good at something else, and teaching them to work as a team. They were all supporting each other. All the children were proud to represent their school.”

Between nine to 11 pupils from each school were lucky enough to be selected to take part, and Hatton of Fintray headteacher Moira Cooper said: “It went better than expected.

“Everyone got into the Olympic spirit and it was good for the children to meet other children from other schools.

“It is important for them to get involved in sport. The awareness of this needs to be raised, especially with the Olympic Games coming up.”

Delivered in partnership with Sportscotland, the opening of Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week was marked by Paralympic and Olympic sport taster sessions, and an unofficial torch relay involving more than 70 schools.

A spokesperson for Kellands Primary School, who claimed second place at the grand final, added: “Everyone had a great time, they had a ball.

“They were delighted to come back with silver medals after winning the regionals, but they would have been chuffed to have won anything.”

Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week took place from June 11 to 15 and is Scotland’s biggest school sport event with nearly 2,000 schools and half a million pupils taking part, staging their own Games. To find out more visit www.schoolsportweekscotland.org