Sky’s the limit for sport starlets

A sporting bonanza for Linlithgow schools kicked off last Thursday inspiring local kids to get active.

The SportsInspired and Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport Games’ uses high achieving athletes to boost confidence in youngsters and promote community spirit in competitions.

Sky - Living for Sport event at Bathgate Leisure Centre, 14/11/2013''Pictured: Caitlin showcases some gymnastics''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Sky - Living for Sport event at Bathgate Leisure Centre, 14/11/2013''Pictured: Caitlin showcases some gymnastics''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

At Bathgate Leisure Centre, 209 pupils from six primary schools including Springfield, Linlithgow, Winchburgh, Torpichen, Westfield and Linlithgow Bridge, took part in eight different sports with Linlithgow Judo Club, Linlithgow Rugby Club, Linlithgow Bowling Club, West Lothian County Cricket Association, Linlithgow Rose Football Club, and Livingston Rythmic Academy. Sky volunteers also ran dodgeball and basketball sessions and the athlete mentor on the day was former Scotland and GB swimmer Andy Mayor.

Linlithgow PE co-ordinator Lesley Malone said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers for the amazing sporting experience the pupils had today - from the faces of the children I think we can say it was a resounding success! The children were not only competing in sport but also supporting their teams which was a joy to watch.”

Linlithgow Primary took the Winners Trophy and Springfield Primary bagged the Sportsmanship Trophy, and all pupils were praised for their wonderful performances.

A SportInspired spokesman added: “The festivals are designed to be fun, multi-sport competitions, enabling hundreds of seven to 15 year olds to discover or rediscover locally available sports.”