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Partnership between Dornoch Academy and Royal Dornoch Golf Club hailed at MUGA opening ceremony


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Dornoch Academy has officially opened its new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), which had been designed and financed in partnership with Royal Dornoch Golf Club, writes Peter Newman.

Club captain Professor David Bell was given the honour of cutting a ribbon to declare the MUGA open at a ceremony attended by pupils, staff and invited guests.

Professor David Bell cuts the ribbon.
Professor David Bell cuts the ribbon.

Present were former RDGC captain Willie Mackay; club general manager Neil Hampton; and ward councillor Jim McGillivray. Along with head teacher Norman Ross, the officials were piped to the ceremony by teacher Danny Parkin.

Head teacher Norman Ross, left, with Cllr Jim McGillivray, Professor David Bell, Willie Mackay, Neil Hampton and Elissa Stevenson, active schools coordinator.
Head teacher Norman Ross, left, with Cllr Jim McGillivray, Professor David Bell, Willie Mackay, Neil Hampton and Elissa Stevenson, active schools coordinator.

The academy is part of Dornoch Firth Campus, which includes Dornoch and Bonar Bridge primaries,

Mr Ross said: “We can’t thank Royal Dornoch enough for the MUGA and all it will mean for our pupils.

“While we are fortunate to have such well-maintained grass pitches, the all-weather surface will allow our young people to take part in sport all year round, improving their health and wellbeing. Already the pupils have been using the facilities for football, basketball and tennis.”

The MUGA has already been put to good use with pupils using it for football, basketball and tennis.
The MUGA has already been put to good use with pupils using it for football, basketball and tennis.

Mr Ross continued: “Dornoch Academy and the Royal Dornoch Golf Club have enjoyed an abiding and solid partnership since 1963.

“I can only speak from 1998, but even then, it was evident that the partnership had been going strong long before that.

“Through extra-curricular activities, through interdisciplinary learning, through involvement in our prizegivings, through support from club members who are also parents, through working with the school to develop the young workforce, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been behind, beside and with Dornoch Academy.

Cllr Jim McGillivray, right, and Willie Mackay shake hands while holding up the MUGA’s official certificate of completion.
Cllr Jim McGillivray, right, and Willie Mackay shake hands while holding up the MUGA’s official certificate of completion.

“Today was another significant piece of evidence of that support and the generosity. We look forward to thoroughly embracing this latest contribution to the educational and wellbeing of the school and look forward to the opportunity for continuing to forge even closer links with Royal Dornoch.”

The whole school attended the ceremony.
The whole school attended the ceremony.
Piper Danny Parkin leads in the head teacher and invited guests.
Piper Danny Parkin leads in the head teacher and invited guests.

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