On 22nd June 2007, the Newbattle High School Football Academy was officially awarded the Midlothian Award for Outstanding Contribution to School Sport at the Midlothian Sports Awards ceremony. Bob Foley (Head of PE) and Mark Baxter (PE teacher) were both present to receive the award, which was presented at the council chambers. The ceremony involved a dinner, film of each winner, and speeches from council leaders.
The annual event hosted by Midlothian Council recognises high achievers in sport over the last year and celebrates the contribution, commitment and performance of local athletes, coaches and volunteers. The award for Outstanding Contribution to School Sport was a new award introduced this year to recognise outstanding contribution to school sports. Commenting on the new award, Councillor Jim Muirhead (cabinet member for education and communities) said:
"This year a new award has been introduced to recognise the important contribution that our schools also play in sport in the community. Participation in sport can improve health and wellbeing, it can inspire and promote positive values and it can combat inappropriate behaviours."
Our innovative Football Academy project, running as part of our Peak Performance strand, has significantly increased participation in the sport. Each week more than sixty young people take part in the academy, where they improve their talents in football as well as their fitness, self-esteem and social skills.