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Rugby and Hockey Festivals a hit with Pupils

The events took place at Selkirk Cricket Club and Selkirk Rugby Club. They gave the children, from Knowepark, Philiphaugh, Yarrow, Kirkhope, St Joseph’s and Lilliesleaf Primary Schools,  the chance to put the skills they had learned through in-school training session into action with a series of matches held throughout the morning.

Selkirk High School pupils assisted in refereeing the games.

Event organiser Karen Cornwall Active Schools Coordinator said: “The children received hockey and rugby sessions prior to the festival so they would have a positive experience with their knowledge and understanding of the game. As the morning went on, you could see the children focusing on teamwork throughout their games. This made both festivals a huge success. Thank you to all the staff, coaches and the Selkirk High School pupils for helping with the Festivals”.


Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure added: “Sporting Festivals give pupils from different schools the chance to compete against each other in a fun environment and also help children to develop both their social and sporting skills. We see real value in these style of events and will continue to extend the format to include even more sports going forward.”

The next planned Festival event is a Disability Multi-Sports Festival which will take place at the Queen’s Leisure Centre on October 22nd for pupils from Earlston, Selkirk and Galashiels schools.