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School pupils take to the track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

08/12/2014
Education
Minister commends school's activities as part of Game On Scotland education programme.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, met a group of school pupils who had the unique opportunity to take to two wheels and follow in the tracks of some of the world’s best athletes at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Greenfaulds High School from Cumbernauld was one of the recipients of a Velodrome taster session thanks to its work with Game On Scotland, the official education programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its legacy.

Game On Scotland was developed by Education Scotland in partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council with the aim of providing inspiration, as well as educational resource and engagement opportunities, for young people in Scotland, using the Commonwealth Games as a context for learning.

To reward Greenfaulds High School for its Games related activities, Game on Scotland invited 14 pupils from S1 to S5 to the Velodrome for a shot on the famous track, which played host to all indoor cycling events at the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Hepburn said:

“It was great to meet the pupils from Greenfaulds, a school I know well, and see their enthusiasm for the Games and how it has inspired their learning. Game On Scotland is a great programme, and has provided these young people with an excellent opportunity to see some of the fantastic sporting facilities that we have in Scotland, like the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. It is fantastic to see the velodrome being well used. Last week we saw that the number of young people getting the recommended amount of exercise is increasing, and that is before the Games effect has taken hold. As the new minister for sport I will be working hard to increase sports participation event further, and make sure that we get maximum benefit from the legacy of the Games.”

John Cochrane, teacher at Greenfaulds High School, said:

“As part of the celebrations for the Commonwealth Games, we used the theme of the Heptathlon for our primary transition project, creating a "science hepathlon" between six of our feeder primary schools.  Each event was substituted for a science experiment and the schools competed against one other, with points being awarded after each event and the winners being announced during the two day visit to Greenfaulds in June. 

“The legacy of our Commonwealth Games learning is being continued with this amazing trip, to this fantastic venue.  Who knows, the next Chris Hoy could be inspired after today!”

Alison Drever, Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, said:

“Greenfaulds High School’s science activities are just one example of how schools across Scotland created exciting and relevant learning opportunities for children and young people.  This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to take to the track at such an iconic venue.  We are delighted to be able to support schools as they embark on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.”