Angus primaries go for sporting gold

Inverkeilor school received a Gold Sports Award from ian Mcgreggor of Sports Scotland on Friday morning.
Inverkeilor school received a Gold Sports Award from ian Mcgreggor of Sports Scotland on Friday morning.

A pair of Angus primary schools have earned a prestigious national sporting award for their commitment to improving physical education.

Maisondieu Primary School and Inverkeilor Primary School received the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport. The award was presented to staff and pupils on Friday by Ian McGregor, sportscotland Partnership Manager.

The School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve in physical education and sport. It also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

Angus Council’s Convener of Children and Learning, Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “It’s an honour for Inverkeilor and Maisondieu to be awarded the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award. The staff, parents and local volunteers work incredibly hard to deliver a range of opportunities for our young people and engage with a wide range of community partners to do so.

“We believe that physical education, physical activity and school sport is an important part of school curriculum and school life. These experiences and opportunities will only stand the pupils in good stead as they develop through school and into adulthood.”

At present there are 158 Gold Schools, 281 Silver and 92 Bronze across Scotland.

Linda Cartlidge, Head Teacher of Inverkeilor Primary School said: “It’s an honour to be awarded the Sport Scotland Gold School Sport Award. Our staff work incredibly hard to deliver quality Physical Education and extracurricular activities. We believe that physical activity is an important factor in the school curriculum.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said: “I would like to congratulate all of the staff and pupils at Inverkeilor and Maisondieu for putting physical education and sport at the heart of their school and local community. They should all be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement.”