Pupils have a shot at glory
WE are the champions was the cry for these ecstatic Barrhead schoolkids.
Lifting the Scottish Premier League Trophy is a dream for children who wish to walk in the footseps of their soccer heroes.
And that dream became a reality for the lucky youngsters at St Mark's Primary last week when the prized trophy visited the school.
The schoolkids were well up for the cup which paid them a visit to mark the school's golden jubilee celebrations.
Excited pupils were given a first hand view of the SPL prize when they cheered its arrival during their Easter assembly.
And each of the school's 300 pupils got the chance to hold the trophy and each was photographed with the prize.
The school won the visit after Parent Council chair Alan Kirkwood entered a competition run by SPL sponsor Clydesdale Bank to have the cup visit the school.
Alan said "It is a special year for St Mark's and it felt like an appropriate and fitting opportunity to have the trophy at the school.
"When the trophy arrived it was clear to see what it meant to the children, they were delighted and so thrilled. I don't think I have ever seen them so high."
Head teacher Gerard McLaughlin said: "It was fantastic to have the trophy in the School. We owe a huge thanks to Alan and Clydesdale Bank for bringing it along.
"The reaction from the children was amazing and we were absolutely delighted to have the trophy at St Mark's to celebrate our Golden Jubilee." Clydesdale Bank Sponsorship Manager Steven Hunt said: "The trophy is a visually unique symbol of the league, and it's great for fans to see it up close. I hope all the pupils at St Mark's Primary School enjoyed being 'champions' for the day."
This article appeared in Barrhead News 16 Apr 12