Cash boost brings a host of new sporting opportunities

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Aboyne Primary School has received £7,500 in funding to introduce new sports to pupils that are not readily accessible, such as archery, fencing, volleyball, table tennis and a variety of athletics.

The funding award was for the Olympic Opportunities Project, through the BP Schools Link Award.

Aboyne Primary School’s BP Link co-ordinator Rhoda Barbour and Active Schools co-ordinator, Shona Park, received the funding on behalf of the school.

The project also involves cross-curricular areas such as history of the Olympic Games, the history of the sports involved, geography of the countries who attend as well as languages and varied cultures involved in the Olympic Games.

Aboyne Primary are delighted with this boost to their curriculum and look forward to establishing a working group with teachers, PE staff and Active Schools co-ordinator, along with a pupil Olympic sports team to lead the project and involve the whole school in this exciting venture.

Mrs Barbour and Mrs Park attended the BP Schools Link awards dinner at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel, where they collected the award on behalf of Aboyne Primary School from BP regional president, Trevor Garlick and athletics Olympian, Roger Black.

Active Schools co-ordinator, Shona Park said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to involve the whole school and the local community in an exciting time leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“This funding will enable us to provide opportunities and access to a variety of Olympic sports for all abilities and develop sustainable programmes in the Aboyne area.”

BP is linked to around 200 schools in the UK and has run its Schools Link programme since 1968. The programme is an opportunity for employees to be active in schools local to BP sites, presenting classroom activities, careers talks, mentoring, reading or maths and to be a valuable business link for the school.