THE WIDE range of sporting opportunities enjoyed by pupils at Arbroath High School has been recognised with a national award.
The school won the School Sports category in the Sunday Mail’s Scottish Sports Awards at a ceremony in Glasgow on Thursday.
Staged with sportscotland, the awards honour Scotland’s top stars and grassroots heroes.
Representatives from the school joined some of the biggest names in sport including Neil Lennon, Kenny Dalglish and world champions such as Stephen Hendry, Liz McColgan and Rhona Martin, for the fourth annual awards.
Congratulating everyone involved in sport at the school, Angus Council’s convener of education Peter Nield said: “Arbroath High School’s achievements are very much down to a hard-working staff who believe in giving pupils an opportunity to enjoy sport and achieve to the best of their abilities. The staff and pupils are very much ambassadors for Angus Council and I and am delighted that their efforts have been recognised with this prestigious national award.”
Arbroath High School was recognised for its long history of having an extensive school sport programme.
Headteacher Iain Orr commented: “We are delighted to be the first national winners of this new schools category of the Scottish Sports Awards and believe that this is in recognition of our pupils achieving national success in a wide breadth of different sports including basketball, netball, curling, swimming, cricket and football.”
Sport has had a major role in the development of the school’s ethos over many years, and a strong culture of school sport is very much established.
The school offers accessible sporting opportunities to all pupils, while nurturing and developing talented performers to progress from local to international level.
There are 25 different sporting activities available, with 24 teams representing the school across the year. Over the past 18 months, Arbroath High has dominated local competitions, and won eight national competitions in three different sports - basketball, football and netball. In addition, 19 pupils represented their country in a variety of sports.
This wide range of sports is made possible by a committed partnership of staff, volunteers and senior pupils.
Among the sports stars who have been nurtured at the high school is Gareth Murray who was a member of the Scottish basketball team at the Commonwealth Games, and who also played professional basketball with Glasgow Rocks, while current pupil Jonny O’Mara is British under-16 tennis champion.