Increase in Edinburgh youngsters achieving sporting excellence

City of Edinburgh Council

The sporting talents of young people in Edinburgh are being recognised as more achieve sporting excellence.

In 2008/09 over 80% of pupils attending the City of Edinburgh Schools Sports Academy achieved selection into regional or national squads.

Around 90 pupils from 19 different Edinburgh secondary pupils attend the academy, which features badminton, basketball, cricket, cycling and football programmes.

And last year, the Council set up two additional Talent Development Programmes. An ‘advanced player development Centre’ for football was set up a Meggetland Sports Complex and for cycling an ‘Advanced Rider Development Centre' was set up at Liberton High School.

A key focus of the Scottish Government’s 2014 Commonwealth Legacy Plan is the introduction of ‘Community Sporting Hubs’.  The City of Edinburgh Council would like extend its sports academy to primary school age children and develop a possible collaboration with independent schools.

The Council is keen to explore the idea of independent schools particularly situated in close proximity to state schools working together to bring added value to the national initiative.

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