CHILDREN from a school in Maybole have been learning how to be reporters in time for the Olympic Torch Relay visit to their town on Friday.

The primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils from St Cuthbert’s Primary have received some lessons in journalism from UWS Senior Lecturer Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Elizabeth, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree discussed the basics of what makes news and how to gather news in words, photographs and videos with the budding reporters.

The students will also cover the Olympic Torch Relay festivities for #citizenrelay ( – a Creative Scotland funded project headed up by UWS’ Dr David McGillivray  – and will write stories, take pictures and shoot some videos which will be uploaded to the #citizenrelay website throughout the day.

As well as covering the torch procession through the streets of Maybole before the Olympic flame heads off to Alloway – the school children will cover the Mini Olympic Games which is open to all the schools in the area.

Elizabeth said: “The children have been very excited about the relay and the fact that they are playing a vital part in the day – telling people the stories from Maybole – makes it doubly special.”

“It’s important that the university works with and in the local community and can also show what we can do and offer to future generations. Who knows we might have a couple of sports reporters in the class.”

David said: “the #citizenrelay project tracks the Olympic Torch around Scotland from the 8-14th June reporting on stories generated by local people.  We have trained over 40 citizen reporters and it is great to see the primary school pupils of Maybole getting involved.”

“We hope to build on the momentum generated around the Olympic Torch Relay to work closely with more schools and community organisations to ensure that the people feel involved in reporting their own local stories when Glasgow and Scotland hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2014”

The countdown is on

Some of the work the young students have been producing ahead of the torch visit is below:-

On Friday June 8 the torch relay is coming  through Maybole’s streets which has bunting and flags. A mini Olympics will start too. The roads have been fixed in time so no one will trip and let’s hope it doesn’t rain and the torch go out. (Alex Sallens)

Glebe Park will be holding very first primary school mini Olympics on Friday June 8 at 10 o’clock in the morning. St Cuthbert’s will be covering that event and Aidan McQuillan feels very happy about this. (Jorja McNab)

The town of Maybole are getting ready for the Olympics by wat6ching the torch visit on June 8. One the Maybole streets bunting flags have been put up and people just can’t sleep until it’s here.
Zak Tomlinson said: “I am excited.” (Cain Patrick)

On Friday June 8 the Olympic torch is passing through and Maybole is getting ready for the once-in-a-lifetime event. We are showing we are all excited for this event by hanging up bunting and re-tarring the roads.

Toni McLaughlin, who is 11, said: “I think it is an amazing opportunity for our town to get together to see the Olympic torch pass through.” (Josh Malone)

One Friday June 8 Maybole will welcome the Olympic torch. The streets are full of bunting telling us it’s coming and there will be a mini Olympics. The streets may be mobbed because of this once-in-a-lifetime event. (Ben McLaughlin)

On Friday June 8, the Olympic torch is coming to Maybole for the first time ever. Everything is ready. The bunting is up and the roads have been repaired for this momentous occasion.

Alex Sallens said: “I am getting excited as it is the first time is has come to Britain and it might never come again.” (Dani Struthers)


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