Over two hundred P4 pupils recently headed to Wick High School for a developmental 4s football festival.

Pupils from thirteen primary schools took part in the festival, organised by Garry Macleod, Active Schools Co-ordinator for East Caithness and Peter Budge, Scottish FA Football Development officer for the Highlands & Islands.

Peter said: "Even though there was a strong wind blowing across the artificial pitch this didn't deter from the fun on the day.

“Speaking to some of the head teachers present, they recognised that this was an excellent opportunity for teh children to learn values and life skills i.e. cooperation, respect for others, acceptance of rules, decisions and the importance of fair play. 

"It was highlighted to the children at the end of the festival that it is not about winning or losing at their age - it is about making a difference, not only to themselves but to their team mates and other players around them.

"Thanks to this taster session of small sided games, some of the schools are now looking at delivering development 4s within their curriculum time."

Garry has also set up an after school developmental 4s program on Wednesday evenings at the artificial pitch. The first session had an excellent turn out with over forty children attending.