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Published 23 October 2018

Pupils and staff at St Joseph’s Primary School have been recognised for their hard work to improve health and wellbeing through sport.

The Clydebank school received the prestigious Gold Award for School Sports by sportscotland after providing an impressive programme of physical education.

With support from Active Schools, pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of activities, both in and out of school, including football, basketball, dodgeball, dance, netball and cross country.

They have also introduced a new pupils’ sports council, with some pupils getting the opportunity to lead coaching for younger classmates.

Lorna Jackson, sportscotland Partnership Manager for West Dunbartonshire, presented staff and pupils with the award and a flag to hang in the school earlier this week.

She was joined by Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, who said: “This is a fantastic achievement for St Joseph’s and I congratulate everyone involved, including our Active Schools team.

“The variety of activities on offer here means there really is something for everyone to be part of, and it allows the children to explore and find out which sports they enjoy and want to continue with.

“These choices not only help them physically, but also benefit them in terms of confidence and social skills.

“The school should be very proud of this award, and very proud of their commitment to putting physical education at the heart of the school.

“Teaching children about the importance of leading an active lifestyle is key to them becoming healthy adults.”

Charlie Gibson, chairman of West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, said: “We are so proud of the work being done at St Joseph’s, they are so deserving of this honour.

“Across West Dunbartonshire, our schools are educating little minds about the importance of health and wellbeing. With the recent news that more kids than ever are taking part in Active School sessions, it is obviously working.”

children holding the flag

To achieve Gold status, schools submit a self-assessment of their current practice around sports and physical education.

They are then subject to extensive external assessment by an independent panel of experts.

There are currently 212 sportscotland Gold School Sport Award schools. 336 schools have been awarded Silver and 84 with Bronze