Mascot’s visit to pupils

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PUPILS from five Kirkcaldy primary schools got up close and personal with the official Commonwealth Games mascot.

Clyde, who is set to become a well-known figure in the run up to Glasgow 2014, visited St Andrew’s High School on Tuesday.

He handed out prizes to children from St Marie’s, St Agatha’s, St Paul’s, St Patrick’s and St Ninian’s primary schools who had taken part in a games-themed athletics event earlier in the day featuring flat races, hurdles, long jump, shot putt, speed bounce and a variety of relay events.

Four pupils from the high school - Ryan McGuiness, Jamie McKay, Beth Milne and Sarah Hatch - planned and delivered the event as part of Lead 2014.

It’s a programme run by the Youth Sports Trust for children to receive training to give them the knowledge and skills to deliver a games inspired event.

Festival winners on the day were St Patrick’s, Lochgelly.

Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife, also attended the event.

He said: “It’s clear to see that the young people here today have had a fantastic day and the high school pupils have also done an incredible job in delivering the festival.

“Having Clyde here is a great way to remind young people that competitive sporting opportunities are more attainable than they might think. Days like today offer new opportunities and a pathway for pupils, whether they go on to compete professionally or just continue to take part for their own enjoyment.

“I’m confident the efforts of today’s athletics festival will go some way towards generating a local buzz about the games coming to Scotland next year.”

He urged youngsters to take advantage of sporting opportunities which will be offered during the summer holidays.