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Tarbolton Primary School awarded gold status by sportscotland

 10 March 2015  |  

Everyone joined in the celebrations when Tarbolton Primary School got their sportscotland gold award

Everyone joined in the celebrations when Tarbolton Primary School got their sportscotland gold award

The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award was presented to staff and pupils at the school on Wednesday 18 February 2015. 

Tarbolton Primary School has been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport. 

The School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve the quality and quantity of physical education and school sport opportunities. They also encourage the sporting links between schools and the communities around them. 

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health said: "It is great that Tarbolton Primary School has been recognised for its enthusiasm for PE and sport. The Gold Sport Award is not an easy thing to achieve, so it's a real tribute to the dedication of everyone involved. If young people get involved in sport and physical activity at an early age then they're more likely to keep those good habits going into adult life. That's why this sportscotland programme is such a great thing for schools to get involved in." 

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said: "I would like to congratulate all of the staff and pupils at Tarbolton Primary School for putting quality physical education and school sport at the heart of the school. They should be proud of this fantastic achievement."  

"We are developing and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels, and a crucial part of that is putting young people at the centre of our efforts. Working with our partners in 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." 

Jackie Blair, Head Teacher of Tarbolton Primary School said: "We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the Sports Scotland Gold Schools Sport Award. Sport and fitness is very important to the staff and pupils at Tarbolton Primary. Our PE specialist, Rachel Nelson does a fantastic job of coordinating both our staff led and pupil led activities. Miss Nelson also gives freely if her time to arrange many sporting events and activities which she leads herself. We are all very grateful to her for the time she gives." 

"I am extremely proud of our pupil sports committee who pulled together all the relevant information to allow us to apply for this award." 

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. 

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: "I'm thrilled Tarbolton was won this prestigious gold award and to be one of only nine schools in Scotland is an excellent achievement. 

"It's a direct reflection on how hard pupils, parents and staff have worked to make sure sport plays a central role in the curriculum and I'm delighted Tarbolton has led from the front, becoming the first school in South Ayrshire to win this important accolade." 

The Young People's Sports Panel were central in the development of the School Sport Award which means that young people were able to input at the earliest opportunity. 

The award will help ensure that quality physical education and school sport is at the heart of each school and its wider community. They will also encourage schools to ensure there are opportunities for all children and young people to engage, participate and reach their potential in this area. 

Throughout the assessment process schools are encouraged to reflect on current practice and focus on continual improvement. Support and guidance is available to schools to help improve the quality and quantity of physical education, physical activity, and sport opportunities available to children and young people.

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