School Sport Week enjoys Olympic treatment with Webb and Renwick
BEIJING OLYMPIAN Robbie Renwick took centre stage as Bank of Scotland’s National School Sport Week entered day four in Oban.
Swimmer Renwick, and former Athens Olympian hammer thrower Shirley Webb, were the star guests at the inter-schools event which saw 650 school children from the Argyll and Bute region do battle.
The school children took part in 11 different sports ranging from orienteering to softball and shinty as part of the Bank of Scotland programme that will see over 700 schools across the country involved during the week.
And Shirley - now heavily involved in grassroots sport in her role as an Active Schools Coordinator for the Boroughmuir area in Edinburgh – admitted she picked up more than a few tips in Oban.
“It was a fantastic day and it was so great to see all the different kids involved and such a large number of them,” said Webb.
The theme of day four of the week-long event was centred on the social benefits of sport – with research released by Bank of Scotland this week highlighting that 95 percent of children feel sport helps develop friendships.
91 percent also stated that sport helps develop team working skills and Oban event organiser Nicola Hackett insisted the day couldn’t have gone better in that regard.
“With some of the schools being quite spread out up here it makes it difficult sometimes for kids to play against and meet other children and so this day is a great chance to do that,” said Hackett- the Active Schools Manager for Argyll and Bute Council.
While the kids were basking in the glorious sunshine on Scotland’s west coast, Bank of Scotland Local Hero Graeme Price – a skier - was out of his comfort zone but enjoyed the day regardless.
“It’s been a good day and I have enjoyed it,” he said. “It was good to see all of the kids playing a range of different sports and enjoying themselves.”
The Oban sporting extravaganza is in its fifth year and newly-appointed Bank of Scotland Area Director for Dunbartonshire Ricky Diggins was left more than a little jealous at the day’s scope.
He said: “I was brought up down in Norfolk and there was nothing like this when I was a kid so I think it’s a great chance for the children to meet other kids and have some competitive and friendly rivalry.”
Renwick – who scooped Commonwealth Games silver in 2006 – battled his way through a traffic nightmare to cast his eye over the budding swimmers on show
“I watched the kids racing and asked them how their swimming was,” said Renwick. “I never did anything like this and its great fun and one day I hope they can go on to swimming competitively and keep improving as they go.”
And after winning the 50m backstroke and the 100m individual medley as well as meeting Renwick, Hermitage Academy pupil Duncan Anderson was left over the moon with his day.
“It’s been really fun and Robbie signed my shirt and it was really inspirational to meet him,” said Anderson.
Regional Director for Bank of Scotland in the West of Scotland Mike Moran was having his second taste of National School Sport Week action having been at day three in Glasgow.
And he admitted for the second day running he had been left in awe.
He said: “Both days were unbelievable. I was so impressed with the attitude of the children yesterday and again today is fantastic.”
Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week takes place from 7-11 June 2010. To find out more visit www.schoolsportweekscotland.org
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