Athletics jumps the gender gap

6th December 1996 at 00:00
New ground will be established at the Scottish Schools' Track and Field Championships next year when girls' and boys' events are staged together for the first time.

A ballot of schools by the Scottish Schools' Athletic Association found strong support for a combined championship. Though only 83 schools responded, the vote was 74-9 in favour.

"Of the schools that did not respond, I suspect they were not bothered one way or the other but this will bring us into line with other countries and was a logical move," Linda Trotter, the association's assistant secretary, said. "It makes sense that a school can travel to the event in one bus and not send two buses to separate venues. There could be a few teething troubles at the start, but if everyone bears with us then I am sure it will turn out okay.

"People said 20 years ago that there would be difficulties when the cross-country events came together but that has worked out well."

The championships will be held on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, at Grangemouth, Meadowbank or Scotstoun. Confirmation of a venue will come in January. The TSB will again sponsor the event under a deal that runs until December next year. The SSAA is hopeful that this will be extended.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today