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Published 29 November 2019

Pupils and staff at Kilbowie Primary School have been recognised for their hard work to improve health and wellbeing through sport.

The Clydebank school received the prestigious Gold Award for School Sports by sportscotland after providing a comprehensive programme of physical education.

With support from Active Schools, pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of activities, both in and out of school, including football, basketball, dodgeball, dance, netball and cross country.

Nicola Thomson, project coordinator for sportscotland's Gold Award initiative, presented staff and pupils with the award and a flag to hang in the school this week.

She was joined by West Dunbartonshire Council's Vice Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Ian Dickson.

Councillor Dickson said: “This is a great achievement for Kilbowie Primary School and I congratulate everyone involved.

“They should be very proud of this award, and very proud of their commitment to putting physical education at the heart of the school.

“The variety of activities on offer here means there really is something for everyone to be part of, and it allows the children to explore and find out which sports they enjoy and want to continue with.

“These choices not only help them physically, but also benefit them in terms of confidence and social skills.

“Teaching children about the importance of leading an active lifestyle is key to them becoming healthy adults.”

Charlie Gibson, chairman of West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, said: “We are proud of the work being done at Kilbowie Primary School."

To achieve Gold status, schools submit a self-assessment of their current practice around sports and physical education.

They are then subject to extensive external assessment by an independent panel of experts.