Inverurie pupils to represent region

PUPILS from eleven Aberdeenshire schools competed in a special athletics competition last week, with the chance to represent the region in the national final on offer.

Teams of boys and girls competed in the Giant Heptathlon on Wednesday, (February 20), incorporating a range of running, jumping and throwing sports.

Inverurie Academy boys team will join Banchory Academy girls team representing the region against schools from Aberdeen City and Moray on March 20. The winner from the regional final will move onto the national competition later this year.

The Active Schools event, held at the Aberdeen Sports Village, aimed to increase pupil’s awareness of athletics opportunities, allowing them the chance to interact with other young people in the sporting environment.

Over 160 pupils took part in last Wednesday’s event, with a great day of athletics enjoyed by all.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This was a fantastic way for pupils from across Aberdeenshire to unite in sporting competition. There is a lot of value to come from an event like this, which brings schools together.

“I am sure the pupils got a great deal out of the experience, and we hope the winners will enjoy their experience representing the Shire in the regional final.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Ron McKail added: “For these youngsters taking part in a variety of athletic events is enjoyable and great fun.

“I would hope this event will result in increased participation in our Active Schools Programme, which is geared towards providing our children and young people with a range of physical opportunities to develop skills and improve their self confidence.

“This can lead to a healthy lifestyle which can be continued into adulthood.”