Angus primary pupils compete for places in regional final

Angus primary pupils have been taking to the track recently in a series of athletics festivals held across the county.
Pupils from around Forfar competed at Forfar Community Campus. (Andy Thompson Photography)Pupils from around Forfar competed at Forfar Community Campus. (Andy Thompson Photography)
Pupils from around Forfar competed at Forfar Community Campus. (Andy Thompson Photography)

Fun In Athletics Festivals took place over two weeks with five schools taking part, involving 100 primary 6 and 7 pupils from Tealing, Langlands, Inverarity, Whitehills and Strathmore Primary Schools.

In all there were six festivals open to all Angus primary schools, held at Brechin Community Campus, Forfar Community Campus, Carnoustie Sports Centre, Montrose Sports Centre and Arbroath’s Saltire Sports centre, consisting of a mix of track and field events.

The top two finishing schools will represent Angus at the Tayside & Fife regional final on May 10 at Dundee Regional Performance Centre.

Scott Nicoll, ANGUSalive’s community sports hub co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted to have schools back competing in competitions as we’ve not held this annual festival since before lockdown in 2020.

“Sportshall competitions are renowned for their electric atmosphere. Teams are cheered on by enthusiastic supporters while tackling exciting relay races and challenging field events. Our festivals could not run without the support of Dundee & Angus College students who take to the track and field as scorers and support the pupils throughout the events. Additionally, it gives the pupils festival experience in which they can build on throughout their course.”

At the same time, Forfar Community Campus also hoste the Tayside Disability Swimming Gala for Beginners, for people with a physical, sensory or learning disability.

The event was open to all swimmers with a disability at novice and beginner level in competition, the emphasis being on fun and encouraging swimmers into the sport.

There were 50 swimmers from across Tayside region with swimming including breadth freestyle, breaststroke and length freestyle relay.

Laura Smith, disability & inclusion lead at ANGUSalive said: “We are delighted to bring this event back to Angus after such a difficult period for all. The main objective of this event is to reintroduce our swimmers back to the water and for everyone to participate, progress and achieve together.”

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