STIRLING Sports Village welcomed over 300 pupils from six Stirling secondary schools on Tuesday June 19 as part of Active Stirling’s annual Junior Games event - the culmination of the competitive provision for local secondary schools.

Organised by Active Stirling and supported by PE teaching staff from each high school, as well as Stirling Netball Club and Forth Valley Disability Sports, the event - in its 7th year - provided S1 - S3 pupils with competitive opportunities across 5 sports: basketball, hockey, football, netball, and water polo; and a taster session in boccia.

Schools were awarded 5 points for entering an event, and a further 2, 4 or 6 points for placing 3rd, 2nd and 1st in an event. Results for each sport were:

Basketball: 1st St Modans; 2nd Wallace; 3rd Balfron

S1 Dev Football: 1st Dunblane; 2nd Bannockburn; 3rd St Modans

Girls Football: 1st Balfron; 2nd Dunblane; 3rd Bannockburn

Hockey: 1st Balfron; 2nd Dunblane; 3rd Stirling

Netball: 1st Balfron; 2nd Dunblane; 3rd St Modans

Water Polo: 1st Stirling; 2nd Balfron; 3rd Dunblane

Following a day of highly competitive action across Stirling Sports Village, Balfron High School was crowned champions for the second year in a row with 59 points; only 4 points ahead of Dunblane High School in second place. Full results were:

Balfron High School 59 points

Dunblane High School 55 points

St Modans High School 40 points

Bannockburn High School 36 points

Wallace High School 34 points

Stirling High School 33 points

Colin Naismith, Active Stirling’s Active Schools Manager said "The annual Junior Games provides a fantastic opportunity for over 300 pupils to take part in a large multi sport event. It is the culmination of our secondary events programmes focusing on a range of sports that pupils can take part in throughout the year. It's great to see so many pupils taking part, having fun and developing skills."

Paul O'Shea, Active Stirling’s Active Schools Coordinator said "The Junior Games was an excellent day of sporting activity for our local secondary pupils. It was a highly competitive day of sport, with only 4 points separating Balfron & Dunblane at the end, and one that was enjoyed by all throughout the day. Thanks to all Active Stirling staff and volunteers who supported the day and to Stirling Netball Club and Forth Valley Disability Sport for their continued partnership. Also, a massive well done to all pupils who took part, and congratulations to Balfron High School on retaining the overall Junior Games Shield."