Local school scoops top accolade for sports efforts Active Schools Aberdeen, part of Registered Charity Sport Aberdeen, led much of the extra-curricular sports on offer throughout the year and supported the development of Young Leaders throughout the school. The sportscotland School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve sporting opportunities, with all schools from Scotland invited to apply for the award. After receiving the silver award last year, Bridge of Don Academy achieved the gold award this year for creating a culture which celebrates sport across the school. Over the last year the local academy has hosted both an Active Girls Day and an Active Boys Day for P7-S3 pupils to encourage young people to take part in sport and has also expanded their extra-curricular programme and started an Inclusive lunchtime multisport club for Additional Support Needs pupils. Commenting Sport Aberdeen, Director for Sport and Active Lifestyles Jo Bell said: “Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities for young people to take part in physical activity. This award is testament to partnership working between Active Schools and Bridge of Don Academy. “The school staff, and in particular the PE Department, have been strong supporters of our Active Schools team and what we are aspiring to achieve through the strategy for an active Aberdeen” Councillor John Wheeler, Education Convener for Aberdeen City Council, said: “This a fantastic achievement by the staff and pupils at Bridge of Don Academy and it’s great to see yet another Aberdeen school do so well in obtaining national recognition. “In the short time since I became the new Education Convener I have already been impressed by the hard work and commitment shown by our schools and tangible recognition like the Gold Award is a great motivation for everyone”.