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Glasgow 2014 mascot visits Middleton Park School


Pupils at Middleton Park School were delighted to get a special visit from Clyde the official mascot of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday 06 February.

During his visit Clyde heard about the school winning Move-mber - an Aberdeen City Council initiative which aimed to get pupils across the city to increase their physical activity throughout the month of November [2013].

The prize for winning Move-mber is a Fit Grid – a 20m x 10m installation – for the school playground with 10 slam balls and 30 different grid training programmes. The grid is due to be installed in March and is being provided by Fast Sports Ltd.

After presenting the pupils with their Move-mber certificates Clyde was invited to officially launch the school's participation in the Oldmachar Commonwealth Games.

The Oldmachar Commonwealth Games will see all the schools in the Oldmachar Academy catchment area – about 525 local young people organised into team each representing different Commonwealth countries – compete in a full day of sporting events at Aberdeen Sports Village in June.

The day will begin with a special opening ceremony with teams taking part in a torch parade before they participate in a full day of sporting events. There will be capacity for 400 spectators and it is hoped that a number of local and national sporting heroes will attend the event.

Keen to do well pupils at Middleton Park got their training underway last month [Jan 2014] with some sport activities provided by Aberdeen Active School team and volunteer coaches from Aberdeen College supported by qualified coaches from Aberdeen Sports Village.

The aim of the Oldmachar Commonwealth Games, supported by 6,500 from the Celebrate fund, is "to engage 525 young people in over 240 hours of quality sports coaching to build skills, confidence and enthusiasm and empower them to compete in the Oldmachar Commonwealth Games."

Aberdeen College students who are studying event management in sports are helping to organise the Oldmachar Commonwealth Games.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing said: "My congratulations go to the pupils of Middleton Park School for doing so well in the Move-mber challenge. I am sure Clyde's visit will help to encourage the children to continue their sporting activities so they can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and have a great time at the Oldmachar Commonwealth Games later this year."

Jennifer Watson, headteacher of Middleton Park School said: "We are thrilled Clyde took time out of his busy schedule to officially launch our Oldmachar Commonwealth Games. This follows an extremely successful Move-mber at Middleton Park School and our pupils are really excited about taking part in the Games in June and are already enjoying their training programme.

"The Fit Grid will provide our pupils with many opportunities for energetic play, sports training and skill development during break-times and during PE sessions. Pupils are excited having this fantastic resource at Middleton Park School."