We are the champions – you can be too

Champions in Schools
Champions in Schools

THE 2012 Borders Champions in Schools Programme came to a climax in the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels last week when sporting heroes Chris Paterson (rugby), Sarah Adlington (judo) and Janet Jack (hockey) shared their experiences of this year’s initiative with children, parents and the programme organisers at a showcase event.

Facilitated by Borders Sport and Leisure’s Active Schools team the Champions in Schools programme was developed by the Winning Scotland Foundation and involves Scottish sporting heroes visiting classrooms to inspire children in goal-setting, healthy lifestyles and adopting a winning attitude in life.

This year, 11 sports personalities and 12 schools from across the Scottish Borders participated in the scheme, which is aimed at pupils from P6 to S2.

More than 100 people gathered in the Volunteer Hall to hear Paterson, Adlington and Jack outline their personal involvement in the project and participate in a questions and answers session.

Mike Gray, Winning Scotland Foundation commented: “The Champions in Schools programme was the brainchild of former elite athletes rifle shooter Janet Jackson and rugby legend Gregor Townsend. It offers children a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand from leading sportspeople from a range of fields and the feedback we have had from schools in the Borders has been brilliant. We are really looking forward to sharing learnings from this year’s programme with the wider community.”

Other athletes involved with the Champions in Schools programme were Ruaridh Cunningham (mountain biking), Libby Clegg (athletics), Danny Galbraith (football), Leven Brown (rowing), Chris Ball (downhill mountain biking), Greg Laidlaw (rugby), Ross Ford (rugby) and Euan Dale (swimming).

The 12 local schools that were visited by a sporting hero as part of the initiative were: Denholm Primary, Burgh Primary (Galashiels), Knowepark Primary (Selkirk), Halyrude Primary (Peebles), Parkside Primary (Jedburgh), Greenlaw Primary, Newton Primary, Eyemouth Primary, Edenside Primary (Kelso), Berwickshire High School, Selkirk High School and Peebles High School.