Small schools are big on sportsmanship

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Denholm Primary has taken home the honours in the Borders Small Schools Netball Competition organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, beating Hawick’s Stirches in the final.

A total of 14 schools (roughly 126 pupils) from all over the region participated in the highly popular annual event which saw participating teams split into three pools.

Teams played a series of round-robin matches with the winner from each pool making it through to the final.

Denholm, Stirches and Stow emerged victorious to play in the final (also played in a round-robin format) that saw Denholm crowned as the overall winner with Stirches in second place and Stow in third.

The competition took place at Queen’s Leisure Centre in Galashiels.

Avril Gibson of Denholm Primary School said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our small Borders schools taking part in the competition.

“The standard of netball was very good considering many of these schools will be practising in small gyms or halls.

“It was lovely to witness great sportsmanship, super teamwork and lots of enjoyment on the children’s faces. I was very proud of the Denholm team, who were delighted to bring the trophy back to school.”

Gemma Ross, Borders Sport and Leisure Active Schools Coordinator added: “In the morning the children were full of nervous energy and excitement and it was great to see representation from every corner of the Borders, in what can only be described as a highly competitive event full of hard-fought games.

“Thanks must go to all PE staff, teachers and parents who helped prepare pupils for the competition, as well as assisting with umpiring on the day.”

Participating schools: Coldingham, Newcastleton, Denholm, Swinton, Broughton, Clovenfords, Newlands, Stow, Westruther, Newtown, Hobkirk, Stirches, Channelkirk, Ednam.