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Ryder Cup 2014

The Ryder Cup Education Resource was launched in our school on Tuesday 24th September 2014.

We welcomed The Ryder Cup captains: Tom Watson and Paul McGinley to TCSoA. They brought with them a host of golfing royalty and celebrity ambassadors including Richard Hills from Ryder Cup Europe, Ted Bishop - President of PGA America, James Nesbitt, Ruud Gullit, Jodie Kidd and Alan Hanson.

They visited the Primary School first, then toured the Secondary visiting golf-themed lesson and talking with our pupils and staff. It was a truly special day & our thanks goes out to all the pupils, staff, parents and our colleagues at Perth & Kinross Council who helped make this all happen!

A special thank you to one of our parents, Colin Murray, who helped with taking fabulous pictures for us. We'll be adding more from him & our pupil digital photography group soon.

 

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We also featured on Sky Sports News that same night.

More photographs from photographers around the world available here:

Angus Findlay - PKC Photographer - 1

Angus Findlay - PKC Photographer - 2

Eurosport Coverage

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The Perth & Kinross Press Release

Ryder Cup at TCSoAThe official launch of a new educational resource inspired by the Ryder Cup was launched by Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, this week at The Community School of Auchterarder and at this week’s Scottish Learning Festival. The Ryder Cup Team Captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson took time out to see the new tool for themselves during a visit to the Community School of Auchterarder on Tuesday morning.

Developed to support the legacy of the 2014 Ryder Cup, the online tool is structured through a virtual 18 holes of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, where next year’s Ryder Cup will be staged. Each hole provides a different framework for learning and covers subjects linked to Curriculum for Excellence including history, science and, through an association with ClubGolf, physical education.

The resource has been jointly developed by Perth & Kinross Council, Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils with input from Ryder Cup Europe. It is the most sophisticated educational tool ever created as part of a Ryder Cup legacy programme and is flexible enough to cater for different approaches to learning and varying levels of complexity for different age groups.

Perth & Kinross Councillor and Convener of Lifelong Learning Bob Band said: “The Ryder Cup Educational Resource has been specifically designed to fit in with the Curriculum for Excellence, providing key learning points for pupils and new, innovative ways of teaching. The resource will be available online and mixes classroom activity with video and other multimedia so it can be accessed at home and indeed by anyone around the world.

“Teachers are always looking for opportunities to inspire children and young people with new ideas and fresh approaches. I have every confidence that this resource will enable many people to really enjoy learning through the filter of such a significant and prestigious sporting event.”

The launch included a tour of the Community School of Auchterarder with headteacher Stuart Clyde, for the two Ryder Cup Captains alongside Shona Robison MSP. The group was able to see for themselves how the resource can be put to use in the classroom and the benefits for children and teachers alike.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, commented: “This is a wonderful project that represents a very bold statement about Scotland’s efforts to ensure the lasting legacy of The 2014 Ryder Cup. The resource is the most sophisticated yet to come from a Ryder Cup and I very much hope pupils and teachers alike will be inspired by the event’s incredible history to use the tools.”

The new Ryder Cup education resource can be found at www.rydercupeducation.com and incorporates three key components:

1. “Teeing off” – schoolchildren from the Community School of Auchterarder have interviewed key individuals associated with the theme of each hole. These short films will be used to introduce each hole and to inspire leaning on that particular topic.

2. “On the fairway” – contains the education tasks for schoolchildren to undertake individually or as a group, enabling them to engage with the resource in their own way.

3. “The putting green” - holds information for teachers and is the professional section of the resource with suggested learning points and lesson plans.

Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Europe’s Director, added: “The Ryder Cup is about being part of something bigger than the game of golf alone. We were delighted to support this initiative, which aims to build on the legacy of the Ryder Cup and introduce golf, through wider learning, to a whole generation of young people. It is a fantastic achievement.”