Prince Charles backs Highland Games schools pilot

The BBC reports that Traditional Highland Games sports such as tossing the caber and tug-of-war are to be taught to pupils at three secondary schools in Caithness.

The initiative has been backed by Prince Charles through his new charity The Prince’s Foundation. The prince, who is chieftain of Caithness’ Mey Games, hopes to help encourage more young people to participate in Highland Games.

The sports will be taught as part of PE classes. 

Pupils of Thurso High School, Wick High School, and Farr Secondary School are involved in the pilot

Charlie Murray, chairman of The Scottish Highland Games Association, added: “The participation of athletes in Highland Games has traditionally been through family connections, but, now, that is happening less and less often and we need to take action.

“We’re hoping to roll out a certificated Highland Games programme across Scotland.

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