Montrose schoolchildren go for gold

Montrose Mini Olympics
Montrose Mini Olympics

Montrose schoolchildren enjoyed a taste of Rio 2016 a little earlier than the rest of us after a funding grant helped them stage an Olympic event.

Active Schools Montrose, in partnership with Montrose Academy senior pupils, planned a programme of events to celebrate the 2016 Olympic Games, made possible by a grant of more than £8000 from ‘Awards for All’ to put on a Montrose Mini Olympics.

On the morning of June 21, 350 pupils from all six primary schools competed for the Montrose Cluster Games Cup, which included athletics, rugby 7s, football, sailing, tennis and golf. Lochside emerged the eventual victors.

In the afternoon 300 Academy pupils took part in the House Cup, which was won by Esk.

The event was supported by a number of local sports clubs, including Links Park Community Trust, Montrose and District Athletics Club, Montrose Rugby Club, Montrose Tennis Club, Montrose Golf Links and Montrose Sailing Club. It is hoped it will encourage pupils to participate in local sports clubs and try a new sport.

Jamie McLaren, Active Schools Coordinator, Montrose, said: “It is great to see so many pupils competing. The mini Olympics allowed a lot of young people to experience competitive sport in a large scale event and hopefully engage them in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Maybe we will see one of these athletes in a Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games in the near future!”