Schools strike sporting gold and elevated status

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Eight East Renfrewshire schools have been recognised for their outstanding efforts to promote sport.

Netherlee, Carolside, Kirkhill and Uplawmoor primary schools and Eastwood, St Ninian’s, Williamwood and Woodfarm High Schools have all been rewarded with a sportscotland Gold School Sport Award. They are among 82 gold status schools from across Scotland.

The national awards scheme is designed to encourage schools to improve the quality and quantity of physical education and school sports.

All eight schools will be presented with a flag and a certificate.

Joanne Scott, head teacher at Netherlee, said: “Our staff work incredibly hard to promote sport both as part of the curriculum and as extra-curricular activity too. We know how important physical activity is and put a real effort into making sure it is an important part of the school day.

“A huge amount has been done at Netherlee to encourage our children to be sporty and to improve the facilities so we are extra proud of our award.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “They should be proud of this fantastic achievement.”