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5th June 2010
School pupils across Argyll and Bute will experience the magic of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games during Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week from 7-11 June 2010.

As part of the programme, pupils are invited to make their own sports pledges. These can involve doing more sport, trying a new sport or volunteering to coach others. Classes or teams could, for instance, commit to learning about the Olympic and Paralympic values or compete against another school.

Councillor Neil Mackay, Argyll and Bute’s spokesperson for Arts, Culture, Leisure and Sport said: “As a nation and as an area we are passionate about our sport, and I hope that major events like the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will act as an inspiration to young people across Argyll and Bute to increase their levels of physical activity.

“The health benefits of children engaging in exercise are well known, and schools are vital in ensuring that our young people have access to a range of sports. We are fully behind this programme, and I’m sure pupils will have great fun in making the most of the events which are going on across the area.”

In January this year Bank of Scotland, as part of Lloyds Banking Group, announced its partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Part of its strategy for the partnership is to develop sport at a grass roots level.

Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week, being delivered in partnership with sportscotland, uses this opportunity to inspire young people across Scotland to take part in a week-long celebration of sport and physical activity in schools.

Archie Kane, Group Executive Director for Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group said: ‘Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week is at the very heart of our partnership with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games here in Scotland.

“We are delighted to be partnering with sportscotland and the Youth Sport Trust in delivering this new initiative. Our over-riding aim is to help to inspire more young people to understand the value of sport and to take part in sport and physical activity. We hope that this week will inspire staff, pupils and parents alike.”

Louise Martin, Chair, sportscotland said: ‘sportscotland – the national agency for sport – is proud to work in partnership with Bank of Scotland to deliver National School Sport Week. At sportscotland we passionately believe in the benefits of sport. National School Sport Week is closely aligned to the aims of our Active Schools Network and is a fantastic opportunity to increase enthusiasm for sport and physical activity amongst children and young people.”





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