Pupils ‘Living for Sport’ with golden support from Steve

'Eyemouth High's second year pupils were joined by medal winning gymnast Steve Frew for the first session of their Sky Sports initiative'
'Eyemouth High's second year pupils were joined by medal winning gymnast Steve Frew for the first session of their Sky Sports initiative'

WITH the help of a Commonwealth gold medallist, Eyemouth High School’s second year PE class has signed up to be a part of Sky Sports new initiative Living for Sport.

The conditions of the scheme state that schools must select a sport and set some goals that they wish to achieve and that’s exactly what the five strong group of S2 pupils has done.

Every Tuesday after school they will be offering a multi-sport session, including pin balling, trampolining, cheerleading, body boarding, abseiling and surfing.

“It is great to have pupils in charge of a club for once since we don’t get the chance to run and organise events that often.

“I am excited to take part in different and new sports and hope to learn new skills,” said Chloe Wightman, who is one of the organisers.

The group will receive a helping hand from someone who knows all about setting and achieving sporting aims, Scottish gymnast Steve Frew who won gold in artistic gynmastics at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

He will offer the school support in propelling the project forward after its been up and running for a minimum of six weeks.

Steve will then come back to the school to see how well the pupils have been doing and offer encouragement on how they can make the project bigger and better. He will evaluate how the pupils are doing in relation to the goals of the project.

“Steve’s accomplishments are amazing because he didn’t really have that great o a background before he came to gymnastics and he really had to push himself to get where he is now. It is a very inspiring story,” commented Abby Lannagan after meeting Steve for the first time.

Mr Leslie, school coordinator of the project, explained why he signed the school up for this initiative.

“This is a great free initiative that will improve confidence, soft skills and motivation through sport,” he said.

“On the first day of this project, the pupils were brilliant and enjoyed the day with Steve.

“Their enthusiasm was high for what they could achieve.

“Steve was great with our young people and we are so happy he is our mentor.

“The kids who are taking the project forward are doing so with great zest.”