Cowdenbeath schoolchildren enjoy own torch relay as part of Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week
Over 200 primary school pupils from Cowdenbeath staged their own version of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on Monday to welcome in Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week in style.
CELEBRATION TIME: Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week was welcomed in Cowdenbeath on Monday
Six primary schools from the area were involved in their very own relay, as the youngsters mimicked the iconic 70-day tour, with pupils designing their own torch and the winning entry from each school being used during the procession.
And the final leg of the school tour on Monday saw the Relay move from Lumphinnians Primary School to Foulford Primary School, officially kick-starting the third Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week, a five-day celebration of sport run in partnership with sportscotland that will involve more than 1,950 schools and over half a million pupils from every local authority area in Scotland.
Once the Cowdenbeath children's version of the Torch had arrived at Foulford, more than 200 pupils were involved in an athletics competition and head teacher Yvonne Allan insisted the day went down a storm.
"The event has been very successful and it has been great to see so many children and parents getting involved," she said.
"Everyone seemed to have lots of fun and everyone has been getting into the Olympic atmosphere.
"We have had all the different flags of the different countries on show and it has been brilliant to see everyone celebrating the Olympics and have it tie in with national School Sport Week."
And Allan's view on the day was echoed by year six pupil Roddy Hume, who as a young ambassador had helped organise the event.
"Everyone has been having lots of fun and I especially liked the racing we did after the Torch Relay," Roddy said.
"The whole school is getting involved and we are all really exciting about the Olympics."
On hand to help get this year's National School Sport Week off to a flying start was Glasgow rower Ronan Murphy, fresh from winning four golds and a silver at this weekend's Scottish Rowing Championships.
LENDING A HAND: Bank of Scotland Local Hero Ronan Murphy, a rower, gave support to the day in Cowdenbeath
And the 19-year-old believes there could very well have been some future sporting talent right in front of his eyes in Cowdenbeath this week, with National School Sport Week introducing the youngsters to a variety of activities and disciplines.
"As a rower I think National School Sport Week is great as it helps introduce young people to different sports and not just the usual football, rugby and cricket," Murphy said.
"These sorts of things really give the kids a chance to try something new in a competitive environment and obviously raises the standard in this country.
"Everyone is good at something but sometimes you don't know what that something is. But National School Sport Week gives you the chance to try something new and once you have been bitten by the bug you don't want to stop."
Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week took place from 11-15 June 2012 and is Scotland's biggest school sport event with over 1,800 schools and half a million pupils taking part, staging their own Games. Find out more at www.schoolsportweekscotland.org
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