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Rachael Hamilton MSP welcomed the news that Knowepark Primary School in Selkirk received a Silver sportScotland School Award.
sportScotland recently announced that a record 747 schools now hold a sportScotland School Sport Award, with the number of schools holding the highest gold award also setting a new record at 399.
Drumlanrig St Cuthberts Primary in Hawick, Kelso High School, Parkside Primary School in Jedburgh and Ancrum Primary School all received Gold Awards last year, which last until 2021.
The sportscotland School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education (PE) and school sport opportunities. The Award:
• Encourages schools to self-reflect and continuously improve
• Puts young people at the forefront of the decision making and planning of PE and sport in their school
• Helps schools to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in PE & school sport
• Helps schools to put PE & school sport at the heart of their planning, practice and ethos
• Recognises and celebrates successful PE & school sport models
Ms Hamilton congratulated Knowepark Primary School on their success and took the opportunity to encourage more schools to apply for the award.
Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire said:
“I want congratulate Knowepark Primary School on their success, it is a tremendous achievement.
“Physical education is so important to children and young people, not only for staying physically fit, but also for their mental health and social skills.
“I would encourage other schools to apply for the award, as it is a fantastic initiative to get more young people involved in sport!”