Holy Cross shine at Sportshall Challenge

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LAST Wednesday, Croy’s Holy Cross Primary School finished in the top 12 out of more than 200 schools from across Scotland in this year’s Bank of Scotland Primary Sportshall Challenge.

The event, held at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth, was the climax to a number of regional qualifying rounds which saw over 2000 children and 200 schools take part across the country.

After a fun-packed day of action, Battlefield Primary from Glasgow emerged victorious to reclaim the title they won in 2007 and 2008. Last year’s winners West End Primary from Moray secured the runner-up spot while Nether Robertland Primary (East Ayrshire) finished third.

Pitlochry Primary joined Dundonald Primary of South Ayrshire in receiving awards for sportsmanship, with local Bank of Scotland branch manager Derek Ireland joining BADMINTONscotland president Karen Stalker to make the presentations.

Scottish Internationalists Jamie Neil, Michael Campbell, Fraser Michie and Patrick MacHugh, who is also a Bank of Scotland Local Hero, were on hand to support the youngsters during the competition. The trio were then involved in an exhibition match before passing on some valuable advice to the children.

The Bank of Scotland Primary Sportshall Challenge was devised six years ago and has continued to grow from strength to strength. It introduces the basics of badminton to children whilst keeping the emphasis very much on having fun.

Anne Smillie, BADMINTONscotland chief executive, said: “The National Finals marked the climax of a season-long initiative from our development team and I am thrilled that so many children have enjoyed themselves while taking part. The Challenge is a great way for them to get to know our great sport and we hope the event can go from strength to strength.

“We are indebted to Bank of Scotland for supporting the Sports Hall Challenge and helping it develop over the last five years.”

Bank of Scotland Local Hero Patrick MacHugh, added: “It’s been a pleasure to watch so many youngsters developing their badminton skills and showing a real passion for the game. It’s a great way of introducing children to the sport and hopefully they will continue to play badminton for many years to come.”