Schools celebrate record hall of national awards for PE and sport

 21 December 2017  |  

Ballantrae Primary were just one of the schools to win Gold

Ballantrae Primary were just one of the schools to win Gold

A record number of South Ayrshire schools have won national recognition for their work to promote sport and physical activity. The Council is celebrating the success of 24 schools for their sportscotland School Sport Awards for 2016/17.

The sportscotland School Sport Award is a national, Lottery funded initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education (PE) and school sport opportunities

In South Ayrshire six schools won Gold, 17 were awarded Silver, while one took Bronze. Monkton and Barassie Primary Schools also achieved Gold during 2016, meaning eight schools in total hold Gold across South Ayrshire.

Councillor William Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said the latest awards were a credit to all involved, "This is a huge achievement for our schools as an incredible amount of work goes into planning and achieving the status from sportscotland.

"The awards encourage schools to continuously improve, put young people at the heart of decision-making and increase activity in sport and physical activity.

"With a record number of gold awards in South Ayrshire it's also worth celebrating success in our rural areas with all schools in the Girvan cluster being recognised."

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said, "Congratulations to all the staff and pupils who should be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement.

"Not only have they put physical education and sport at the heart of their schools and local communities, but they've managed to do so in a way that encourages all pupils to engage in physical activity while having fun at the same time.

"sportscotland is committed to building a world-class sporting system for everyone, and a crucial part of that is putting young people at the heart."

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.

Yvonne Templeton, Head Teacher, from Ballantrae Primary School, which was one of those to land Gold, said, "It's an honour to be awarded the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award.

"Our staff, parents and children work incredibly hard to deliver a range of sporting and physical afterschool clubs, including gymnastics, dance and football to name but a few. 

"We believe that physical education, physical activity and sport are important factors in the school curriculum developing children's health and wellbeing and qualities such as resilience, perseverance, leadership and teambuilding."

Earlier this year the Council's Active Schools programme saw participation levels rise by 46% in the last five years. Visits by pupils to Active Schools' sessions increased from 83,660 in 2011/12 to 122,395 in the 2016/17 academic year.

A full list of the successful schools can be found here.