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East Lothian Youth Games create a sporting legacy

Ed Hendrikson, East Lothian Council

Embracing healthy competition was the name of the game when six schools from across East Lothian took part in a large sports tournament this Legacy Week.

The East Lothian Youth Games took place on Monday 9th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre.  The following schools provided teams in a number of sports to compete on the day for the Youth Games trophy:

  • Preston Lodge High School
  • Musselburgh Grammar School
  • Ross High School
  • Knox Academy
  • Dunbar Grammar School
  • North Berwick High School

The sun was shining in the morning and the schools competed in Football, Rugby, Badminton, Hockey and Golf.  In the morning competitions, North Berwick won the S1/2 Badminton competition, Musselburgh succeeded in the S1/2 boys Football, S1 Girls Hockey was won by a strong North Berwick side and Preston Lodge were impressive victors in the S1 boys Rugby.
During the afternoon session spirits were not dampened by the intermittent showers and North Berwick succeeded in the S1/2 girls Football, S2 Girls Hockey and S2 boys Rugby.   The S2 boys rugby was won on tries scored from Preston Lodge. Meanwhile in the sportshall, a very competitive Basketball competition was won by Knox Academy for the boys and Dunbar Grammar for the girls.
Golfers from all schools also competed on the day at Musselburgh Old Course.  They managed to avoid the showers and Preston Lodge finished with the most points in this competition.
Points from all sports were combined to give a final total for each school.  The winning school from the 2014 East Lothian Youth Games was North Berwick High School who managed to retain their title from the 2013 event.  They were followed by Knox Academy in second place and Preston Lodge a very close third.
The event organiser commented on the respect that all participants showed each other and the pride of representing their school.  The event is aimed at providing healthy competition between schools and the 2014 event was contested in the spirit in which it was intended.  It is the culmination of a number of fixtures and events in East Lothian core sports organised by the Sports Development and Active Schools teams.
Team Scotland Long Jumper and former Musselburgh Grammar School pupil Sarah Warnock was on hand to present the trophies to the winning schools and provide words of encouragement to pupils aiming to emulate the achievements she has made in athletics.  She spoke of her aspirations for Glasgow 2014 and inspired the competitors in the Youth Games.
A number of pupils from North Berwick High School commented on their experience on the day:
'It was really, really fun!' - Beth, S1
'It was closer than it's been in previous years, so it was tense and exciting! I really enjoyed it.' - Ross, S2
'It was fun and exciting!' - Kirsty, S1
'It was really good fun, being part of a bigger team.' - Ciaran, S1