Young Stars Have Flaming Good Time
Tuesday 17th April 2012
Schoolchildren in the county have caught the Olympic fever, just 100 days before the Games are due to get underway in London.
During the second week of the Easter holidays Lornshill Academy was the sporting home for Clackmannanshire Council's spectacular Olympics Flames Festival.
Last Friday, 13th April, 10 young leaders, who had taken part in the ZEST training programme throughout the week, were joined by seven others to run a Flames Festival which is an Olympic and Paralympic Games driven programme centred around physical activity and health.
Seventy primary one to seven pupils attended the festival which included an Opening Ceremony, Torch Relay, Olympic Oath, participation in 12 different activity sessions and Olympic Quiz as well as the traditional Closing and Medal Ceremonies.
Local Olympic Torchbearer and Young Leader, Rebecca Watson, 12, a first year pupil at the Academy, and who will carry the Torch for real in Dundee, was on hand to show the participants how to carry the Olympic Torch and to get the festival started.
Rebecca, who was chosen to carry the Torch, was chosen as a result of her extensive volunteering, which began at Clackmannan Primary School, and something she has taken on into her secondary school life.
She coaches the pre-school tennis club weekly, teaching eight 3-6 year-olds.
Rebecca spent the whole day at the Flames Festival working with a team and encouraging all the attendees to try their best.
Throughout the festival which included activities such as hockey, basketball, football, dodgeball, beach volleyball and relay races all the young leaders were watching out for participants who displayed the Olympic and Paralympic values.
During the closing ceremony eight certificates were presented to those who exemplified these values.
Sports Development Manager, Marjorie Macfarlane said: "It was a fantastic day for the 70 participants and the 17 young leaders who ran the event, supported by Sports Development's Active Schools team.
"Parents and children alike enjoyed themselves hugely and were over the moon to receive their 'Flames Festival 2012' medals and certificates."