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For the second year running, the Arran High School campus has been awarded the North Ayrshire Council community sport award for school sport.
The award highlights the excellent work of staff, students, parents as well as the links with community clubs in providing high quality opportunities at the school, through participation, leadership and competition in sport.
Participation of young people in at least one physical activity across the campus last session reached over 80 per cent in the high school and over 70 per cent in Lamlash primary, with over a third of staff involved in delivery, encouraging and promoting health and wellbeing for all.
The campus currently offers 28 extra-curricular sports sessions weekly. Lunchtime clubs make sport accessible to those with commitments after school. The school also promotes excellent opportunities for coach development, with a clear pathway for young leaders who wish to coach sport.
Young people from the school compete in sporting events across North Ayrshire and beyond, in events such as netball, aquathlon, orienteering, cross country, badminton, table tennis, basketball, athletics, rugby, and football. Many school students have had success in their chosen sport at regional level and some at national level.
Partnership with the Arran Junior Triathlon Club and Triathlon Scotland this year led to the creation of Arran High School of Sport for Triathlon, the first of its kind in the country, supported by Sport Scotland Direct Club Investment. This funding was awarded on the basis of a plan for partnership working between school and community club. This creative planning has enabled the school of sport to ‘get off the ground’, meeting the challenges of the remotely rural location, providing the opportunity for those involved to develop the knowledge and level of performance to compete and excel in their chosen sport.
Head teacher Barry Smith said: ‘Our young people always look for the next challenge and question the quality and provision of school sport and their sporting opportunities. Young sports ambassadors lead the extra-curricular programme and the quality of their work has been recognised by Sport Scotland. We believe our collaborative, inclusive, integrated partnership working through sport, provides exceptional experiences for young people to develop the mindset and ability to achieve their ‘personal best’ in all aspects of life.’
Campus faculty members and young sports ambassadors celebrate their achievement. No_B46campus01