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School pupils take to the track at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Education / Young People / Community Engagement
Darvel Primary has been rewarded for exemplary ‘Game On Scotland’ activity with a special visit to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

A group of lucky school pupils from Darvel Primary in East Ayrshire spent a day in the life of a Commonwealth Games athlete this week with their very own track experience at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

East Ayrshire is the first local authority in Scotland to have all of its primary and secondary schools signed up to Game On Scotland, the official education programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its legacy. Game On Scotland has been developed by Education Scotland in partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. 

Game On Scotland aims to provide inspiration as well as educational resource and engagement opportunities for young people in Scotland as well as across the Commonwealth now and in the future, using the Commonwealth Games as a context for learning.

To celebrate this and to reward Darvel Primary in particular for its exemplary Games related activities, Game on Scotland invited 15 pupils from P4, P5 and P6 down to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for a shot on the famous track, set to play host to all indoor cycling events at the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Children on their bikes at the Sir Chris Hoy VelodromeVicky Kane, deputy head teacher at Darvel Primary, said: “Having the chance to ride on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome ahead of the Commonwealth Games has been a really exciting experience for our pupils and it’s something that will stay with them forever.

“At Darvel Primary we are very keen to ensure that by making use of the Game on Scotland programme we are embedding the Commonwealth Games and its legacy across the learning curriculum. We have a dedicated Commonwealth Corridor at the school which we use to display the pupils’ excellent work as well as our very own ‘Clyde Tunnel’, an archway decorated with the pupils’ drawings of Clyde, the Games’ mascot.”

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Spokesperson for Promoting Lifelong Learning said: “I am delighted that East Ayrshire is the first local authority in Scotland to have all our schools signed up to Game On Scotland. Legacy is at the heart of everything we do in East Ayrshire; from the support our schools give to programmes like Game On Scotland to the state of the art sporting facilities available to our athletes of the future.

“The young people from Darvel Primary thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, it was a wonderful way to celebrate all of their hard work and the success of East Ayrshire as a whole.”

Klaus Mayer, development officer for Games Legacy at Education Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see how East Ayrshire council and all of the schools in the area have really got involved in the spirit of Game On Scotland and are embracing the Commonwealth Games and the legacy it will leave as a context for education.”

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