Sports heroes visit school

Commonwealth gold medal wining gymnast Steven Frew and two other paralympians, Emma Wiggs &  Andrew Mayer, who spent the day at Newbattle High School  talking about the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth gold medal wining gymnast Steven Frew and two other paralympians, Emma Wiggs & Andrew Mayer, who spent the day at Newbattle High School talking about the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

paRALYMPIC and Commonwealth Games’ stars visited Newbattle Community High School last week to inspire pupils ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

As part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport projects run at Newbattle High, athlete mentors – Commonwealth Gold Gymnast Steve Frew, London 2012 Paralympic sitting Volleyball player Emma Wiggs and Commonwealth Swimmer Andrew Mayor spent the whole day inspiring and working with the pupils.

Coinciding with the day an Education Scotland film crew were shadowing the mentors and PE staff and pupils, to see how Newbattle is preparing for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games.

Bob Foley, Head of Health and Well Being at Newbattle was delighted at the visit and revealed more about the day the athletes spent at the school.

He said: “We have had an amazing day with Sky Sports living for Sport Mentors, all our pupils and staff enjoy the inspiration these athletes and the Sky projects bring, we can’t wait for them to return, and can’t wait to visit the Glasgow 2014 Games.

“The day started with an S4 assembly on Glasgow 2014 and its importance for Scotland and to begin to raise the profile of the event in 500 days from now.

“The Glasgow games will be incorporated into all strands of learning, with the values, ethos and global dimensions raised to switch pupils on to learning in this high profile event in the same way Newbattle did with London 2012.

“After assembly pupils & staff, who had been to the London Olympic Park last year with the school were interviewed by Education Scotland to see what effect it had on them, what Glasgow 2014 means to them and what their goals and aims are for the future.

“The Athlete mentors then launched into their programme for the day where they worked with each of the four Sky Sports project groups running in the school this year.”

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