Pupils enjoy first pan-city school Olympics event

Pupils from St Margaret's and Echline primary schools in South Queensferry play volleyball. Picture: Jon Savage
Pupils from St Margaret's and Echline primary schools in South Queensferry play volleyball. Picture: Jon Savage
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TEACHERS and sports leaders have hailed the Capital’s first pan-city “School Olympics” at Forrester High and said there was “100 per cent enjoyment”.

More than 1000 youngsters were joined by 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde for yesterday’s event, where they took part in sports ranging from volleyball and football to tennis and basketball.

Jodie Kerr and classmates from Murrayburn on the tennis courts. Picture: Jon Savage

Jodie Kerr and classmates from Murrayburn on the tennis courts. Picture: Jon Savage

And a number of pupils tried their hand at boccia – a unique Paralympics sport, related to bowls, which was originally designed for people with cerebral palsy.

Karen Morris, headteacher at Duddingston Primary, which sent ten P6 pupils, said: “There was 100 per cent enjoyment today. It was incredibly well organised and the kids had a brilliant time.

“The group we sent also got a chance to play sports they hadn’t tried before.

“They were playing hockey in the afternoon, which we haven’t done with them at Duddingston yet.”

She said the event had been 
particularly worthwhile as it had given pupils a deeper understanding of sportsmanship and working together.

“In terms of values, I think the kids took away a sense of the importance of team work and cooperation with others,” she said.

“The kids and staff have all come back very positive and saying it’s definitely something we need to do again next year,”

Councillor Paul Godzik, education leader, said: “It’s great to see so many pupils involved in sport and great to see the facilities at Forrester, which are really first class. Seeing them being used by children from every corner of the city was also ­fantastic.

“We are certainly looking at holding another, similar event in future, particularly with the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

“We’re looking at what we can do to mark that and make sure we get a sporting legacy for the city.

“We want to ensure that more children are engaged in sport and trying out new sports, which is a great thing for the council to encourage.”