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Watch: 11 Primary Schools from in and around Inverness take part in flag football tournament organised by Highland Wildcats at Bught Park


By Andrew Henderson


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On Monday morning 11 primary schools from Inverness and the surrounding areas descended on Bught Park to take part in a flag football tournament.

The festival was organised by American football club Highland Wildcats, who called it one of the biggest events they had ever done for the age group.

Regular flag football sessions were ran for primary school pupils in the area in the mid-2000s, but with a change in governance for the sport across the UK popularity waned somewhat.

However, this week's event was a major success thanks in large part to the commitment of teachers to deliver sessions within the schools itself, and young leaders from the Wildcats ensuring the day ran smoothly.

Wildcats development officer Robbie Paulin said: "We used to do loads of flag football stuff with primary kids.

"We used to even enter the national league with primary school kids – that was back when it was the Scottish Flag Football Association, which was controlled more by the teams themselves.

"That's probably going back to 2004 to 2008, and we used to travel down to a good set up in Grangemouth, there were teams in Glasgow, Dundee, and we would take multiple teams down to that.

"With the NFL we used to do some primary school stuff as well – a very similar idea to what we did this time.

"It's great for us, because the tournament itself is a lot to organise and our volunteers, our young leaders, were fantastic.

Wildcats volunteers and NFL Young Leaders. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Wildcats volunteers and NFL Young Leaders. Picture: James Mackenzie.

"They were really good with the kids, really positive and enthusiastic throughout the day, and they added a little boost to the teachers having that bit more knowledge there.

"The tournament side of things is a lot of work, organising and co-ordinating the training side of things, but the schools are also doing it themselves.

"That's huge for us, because it de-centralises things and lets it have a life on its own.

"Our young leaders really made sure it ran really slick. We had about 30 volunteers that really made it possible along with the teachers."


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