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Primary strikes gold for sporting achievement

Published Friday, 10 February 2017

St Mary’s Primary School pupils and staff with their gold award from SportScotland

St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton has struck gold at national level after being awarded the SportScotland gold award.

One of only 158 schools out of more than 2000 across Scotland to have achieved this, the award formally recognises and celebrates the school’s achievement in quality physical education and school sport.

Elaine Fitzpatrick, Head Teacher is delighted that the school, its teachers, and 373 pupils have been formally recognised for their efforts. She said: “Mr McManus, our PE co-ordinator and the School Sports Committee submitted our application to SportScotland and were overwhelmed to be granted the Gold award.

“And we were all so excited to welcome a representative from SportScotland to the school to present our award. It was quite a celebration and involved every one of our pupils and staff.

“The school is indebted to local clubs, such as Uddingston Hockey Club and Hamilton Tennis Club who work hard to improve the skills of the pupils. Laura Somerville, the Active Schools Co-ordinator also works very closely with Mr McManus to provide opportunities to ensure every child in the school has the chance to be involved in lunchtime or after-school sports clubs.

“And, of course, we are all very thankful for the continued co-operation and support from the parents and carers. Without them, the achievement of an award such as this would not be possible."

Tony McDaid, the council's Executive Director of Education Resources, who attended the awards ceremony, added: “Congratulations go to St Mary’s Primary School on gaining their Sportscotland Gold Award. The commitment of the whole school community in encouraging pupils to be physically active during and beyond the school day provides inspiration for all of us.”