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Fife Sport and Leisure Trust Support school Sport 2015-16




Over the 2015-16 academic year Fife School Sport Associations have run numerous events which have seen a huge number of our
young people competing in sports over various age groups. In many of these the host venue has been one of the high class sporting
facilities provided by Fife Sport and Leisure Trust (FSLT). We at Fife School Sports are hugely indebted to FSLT for providing facility
hire at a hugely reduced cost for this season as without the significant discount received many of these events would have proven
impossible to run with the financial constraints each of our sports are under.
Fife School Sport's partnership with FSLT has been firmly established over a number of years. The partnership provides venue and
programmes which enable our young people with the opportunity to represent their school in competition and to follow pathways
into regional squads and national selection. We recognise the quality of provision and support from FSLT staff over the entire season
and want to recognise the significant role that FSLT have played in providing such a huge population of young people with the
opportunity to be involved in competitive sport.
In a recent presentation Active Schools Manager Pam Colburn recognised the contribution of FSLT "Over 2015-16 Pitreavie Athletics
Stadium and Michael Woods Sports Centre alone have been host to 10 Fife wide school events. Around 3000 children have had the chance
to train towards and compete in FSLT hosted events, through these events they gain the physical and emotional benefits that sport provides.
We are hugely indebted to the FSLT team for providing these facilities at a minimal cost to enable this success to continue and to grow”

As Pam said this partnership is vital in the continued growth of competitive school sport programmes into 2016-17 and beyond and
we in education recognise and greatly value the support FSLT provide.
We hope to see continued growth in competitive structures for young people and look to expand into second tier competition for those not
selected in first teams. The future of school sport is extremely positive and with the continued support and development of key partnerships
such as that with FSLT more young people will be competing in school sport programmes and providing a future audience in local clubs
and participants for facility providers across Fife.
"We are extremely grateful for all the financial and staff support that FSLT provide to school sport programmes. With the ongoing support
each of our sport associations continue to provide a developing programme of sport across all of Fife. These programmes ensure that each
young person is given an opportunity to gain the vital life skills learned and developed through competing. Congratulations to all involved
over the 2015-16 season and a huge thanks to the staff and management in all FSLT facilities across Fife"
Alex Bird School Sport Lead for Active Schools Fife.

Lochgelly High School U15 Football
Our young people again represented the school fantastically well in a close U15 Fife League match against Inverkeithing HS. The game was played in horrible conditions, when snow driving straight into our faces caused a 10 minute delay, the boys still applied themselves 100%. We lost 5-3 but the determination and resilience shown was outstanding.

Man of the Match to Jay Watson. Goals from Ben Nardone and Daniel Clemison. The players involved are:
Logan Clunie
Reece Thomson
Lewis Morgan
Cian Kinnell
Jay Watson
Ryan Bennett
Jack Mathieson
Connor MacCarthur
Ben Nardone
Rhys Ferguson
Daniel Clemison
Reagan Crowe


Lochgelly High School U14 Football
I am delighted to share with you that our Lochgelly High School U14 football team won on a cold and wet night against Balwearie 2-0. It was great to see the team put in the efforts they did despite the conditions and tough opposition. Goal scorers on the night were Ben Whitehead and Lewis Davidson and a special mention to Todd Fleming who was man of the match. Also a special to Mr Stevenson for driving the boys to and from the game.
The boys involved are listed below:

Todd Fleming
Ben Whitehead
Kieran Heggie
Liam Taylor
Reece Thomson
Kenny Wilson
Cian Kinnell
Lewis Davidson
Jack Malvenan
Callum Clemison
Michael Boyle
Cameron Duff
Aaron Swan

Primary School Netball returns to Beath High School
On Wednesday 25th November teams from Bellyeoman, Cowdenbeath, Foulford and St Patricks Primary Schools took part in the first of a series of three netball festivals at Beath High School.

The format was simple, schools would play against each other once with all the results collected and carried forward to the next festival. At the end of the series the team with the highest number of matches won will be the overall winner. As such everything is still to play for at the next two festivals!
This was a great opportunity for pupils to put the knowledge and skills they have learnt over the course of the term into practice through playing multiple matches on one evening.

The festival also gave a number pupil’s their first experience ofplaying on a full size netball court. Most primary schools gym halls are a quarter of a full size netball court so it takes a little time for pupils to adapt to the increased space and fully utilise it.
All pupils thoroughly enjoy the experience and are looking forward to returning in the spring and summer terms. The format this year is designed to encourage pupils to regularly take part in netball at their school, develop their skills and then pit themselves against other players and teams each term to see if they can improve.

A big‘Thank You’ must go to the staff within the schools who give up their time each week to provide these opportunities and make all the logistical arrangementsto enable pupils to attend events such as this. An additional ‘Thank You’ must go to the staff and pupils of the Senior Netball team at Beath High School who gave up their time to umpire, score and time all the matches, they were absolutely fantastic and ensured the whole event ran smoothly.
It was a great evening of netball with over forty pupils involved from the four schools and we look forward to hosting them again in the spring!

Fife Schools main Gymnastic event for 2015 saw gymnasts from all across the region converge on the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes to perform and compete in various events.
Fife Schools Regional Gymnastics Heats for Pre Level 1, Primary Level 1 and Level 2, Secondary Level 1 and Level 2 were held on Friday 27th November 2015 at Michael Woods Leisure Centre, Glenrothesin front of a very positive and supportive audience made up the gymnasts’ family and fellow competitors.
Jenn Mann, Active Schools Coordinator and lead coordinator for schools gymnastics commented.
"This event has proven a huge success and demonstrates some of the work Active Schools Fife have done tohelp school children participate in sport and physical activity. From an active schools perspective we were thrilled to see nearly300 school pupils take part all showing great levels of performance and attitudethroughout”

The Regional Heats are the only team competition in Fife where primary and secondary children come together to compete. The competition is host to 5 heats with the 1st and 2nd placed teams in each category qualifying to represent Fife at the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Championships.
Pupils performed a floor strip routine and a vault based preparation. Pupils have been preparing for both events for some time in their after school club gymnastics training. The hard work paid off as high standard of performance resulted inPitcoudie, Aberdour, Townhill primaries, Beath, Waid and Kirkland High Schoolsprogressing to the Scottish Schools finals to be held in Perth, March 2016 where they will compete against all other Local Authority regions for national titles.
For many of the young gymnasts this was a first experience of any event and the way they responded under the pressure of audience and the judges shows a great deal of confidence and ability which is hugely commendable and demonstrates how highly skilled and driven Fife’s young people are.
These events and preparing the children for participation does not happen easily and in closing the event Jenn Mann stated.
"A great vote of thanks as always must go to the group of volunteers from local clubs, schools and school communities who support this event and enable the children to gain this vital experience, without such people school-club links and the event organisation could never happen”
Many congratulations to all involved andgood luck to those who qualified through to the Scottish Event.