It’s gold for Carleton Primary sports stars

Carleton Primary School pupils receive their gold sports award flag.
Carleton Primary School pupils receive their gold sports award flag.

Carleton Primary School in Glenrothes has been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award was presented to staff and pupils at a special assembly.

The School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve the quality and quantity of physical education and school sport opportunities.

They also encourage the sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

There are currently 82 Gold Schools, 181 Silver and 65 Bronze across Scotland. Carleton is one of only three Fife schools awarded gold this year.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the staff and pupils at Carleton for putting quality physical education and school sport at the heart of the school. They should be proud of this fantastic achievement.

“We are building a world-class sporting system for everyone, and a crucial part of that is putting young people at the centre of our efforts. Working with our partners in local authorities and governing bodies of sport, we are creating closer links between physical education, school sport and club sport, which benefits young people by providing more and better opportunities to take part in sport.”

Holly Burton (P6), who is a member of the school’s sports committee, said: “It was a lovely surprise to get the Gold Sport Award. It is a great way to show that this is a school that really cares about PE and sport.”

Carleton has taken part in a wide range of sporting opportunities over the year, such as sports tasters sessions, festivals and competitions, including rugby, handball, golf, athletics, football, gymnastics, dance, netball, badminton and football.

To achieve a bronze or silver sportscotland School Sport Award, schools self assess their current practice. However, to gain gold status an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.

The award helps ensure that quality physical education and school sport is at the heart of each school and its wider community.

They will also encourage schools to ensure there are opportunities for all children and young people to engage, participate and reach their potential in this area.