Olympic challenge

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PRIMARY school children from the Selkirk catchment area are being urged to join in a national Olympic event.

To mark the year of the London Olympics, Active Schools has created a project that encourages young people to get active and enjoy a range of Olympic sports.

All P4-P7 pupils will receive an Olympic Passport as they return to school in January and will be encouraged to try as many sports as possible between January 1 and August 12, 2012. They will be asked to present their passport at sessions for coaches to sign and will be rewarded as they take part in more sports.

Olympic Sports will be listed in the passport with a space for children to get each sport signed off when they try it. Each sport is allocated points based on ease of access (target sports have less points than disciplines such as fencing/beach volleyball etc.). Children accumulate points and after the closing ceremony in August, they will then be presented with gold, silver, or bronze medals, depending on points accrued.

Sports must be accessed extra-curricularly, preferably at community clubs, Sports Development and Active Schools. PE activity in the curriculum is welcome, but cannot be signed off. But PE staff may run some extra-curricular activity which can be counted.

Local facilities are all on board and will be running sessions in swimming/water polo/diving etc.

Sessions and current opportunities will be advertised through schools, websites, facebook pages and press.

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