Ten pupils from Queensferry High School have been selected to represent Edinburgh at the 2015 International Children’s Games in Holland in June.
The city council is entering representative teams for boys and girls athletics and also girls indoor volleyball, girls beach volleyball and boys beach volleyball.
The selected volleyball players from Queensferry are Amy Rankin, Emma Waldie (U16 girls’ beach volleyball); Logan Darling and Harris Ritchie (U16 boys beach volleyball); and Alicja Lonska, Hannah Cochrane, Megan Hall, Rhian Murphy, Heather Purdie, Ellie Stuart (U16 girls’ indoor volleyball).
They all train at the City of Edinburgh Volleyball Academy in Queensferry, participate in the Active Schools programme and are mentored by their active schools co-ordinator.
Mel Coutts, principal officer for sport and outdoor learning at the city council, said: “The council supports opportunities for young people to participate in events where they are able to gain new experiences, both from a sporting and cultural perspective.
“This is particularly relevant when they have to travel and compete in another country.
“The International Children’s Games in Alkmaar, Holland, provides such an opportunity and I am delighted that 18 of Edinburgh’s young people have the opportunity to compete in the event in athletics, beach volleyball and volleyball.
“All participants have been selected following trials and will now embark on a training programme leading up to the Games which take place at the end of June. These young people are very excited to be selected to represent Edinburgh at the games and I wish them all the best of luck.”
*Edinburgh competed in boys U16 indoor volleyball in the 2011 International Chlidrens Games where they finished fourth.
The 2015 ICG sees Edinburgh compete in beach volleyball for the first time reflecting its ever- increasing popularity.