Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Pupils from Portree Primary School in Skye landed a footballing lesson from former a Rangers captain and a former Hearts player and manager.

Lee McCulloch and Robbie Neilson came to Portree on Thursday 26 April as part of a new initiative led by sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and BBC Scotland.

McCulloch, Neilson and Ross County community coaches, Gordon Duff and Ryan Farquhar, were also welcomed by Portree Primary pupils.  The professional coaching experience highlighted the importance of sport within the school’s curriculum.

Around 34 kids from P4-P7 (aged 8-12 years) attended the training session, where they heard some hints and tips, as well as sharing tales from their experiences in football over the years in the hope of encouraging the younger generation to take up the sport.

Commenting on the training session, former Rangers captain, Lee McCulloch, said: “Coaching the children today has been brilliant, they are incredibly enthusiastic and willing to listen and learn new skills. I’ve found the whole day really positive and it was great to work with such a keen and talented group of young footballers.”

The pupils were also given an insight into the important role of sport in the media as the leading BBC Scotland radio programme, Sportsound, broadcasted their evening programme from the school.

The panel was hosted by Kenny Macintyre and guests on the night were. The guests were Lee McCulloch, Chick Young, BBC senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin and BBC Chief Sports Writer Tom English.

Pupils, parents, and staff were given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the sporting personalities live on-air, asking about their career highlights as well as discussing Scotland’s sporting landscape.

Portree Primary also holds the sportscotland Gold School Sport Award, a prestigious national award that recognises innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

The school’s head teacher, Sara Matheson, told us: “The sportscotland and BBC Scotland partnership has created a wonderful opportunity for our children and we have used it to celebrate sport and reach out to our community. Working together to bring this coaching experience to our pupils and the chance to get involved in a live radio broadcast is something the children will remember for years to come.

“It gives us a chance to bring people together through sport in an innovative way and the pupils are really excited to get involved in an event like this. This is an excellent example of partnership working to improve the learning experience for our pupils.”

sportscotland is building a world-class sporting system and is working in partnership with BBC Scotland to raise the profile of sport across the country. As part of this initiative, the BBC will be taking ‘Sportsound’ on the road with the help of sportscotland to give young people a memorable experience whilst engaging in sport. 

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