23rd November 2007 at 00:00
Burns workshop

The Twa Dogs poem is the focus of the annual Robert Burns workshops for primary schools, held by East Ayrshire Council at the Burns House Museum in Mauchline.

The workshops will take place between January 15 and February 1 at a cost of pound;3 per pupil. Classes will get the chance to explore the museum, try on 18th century-style costumes and take part in a number of educational activities, including a drama workshop based around the lives of Caesar and Luath - the canine stars of The Twa Dogs.

Burns wrote the poem in memory of his dog Luath and made up a fictional dog - Caesar - so Luath could have a conversation with him about what life is like for a rich dog and a poor one.

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Mathias Ahrens, Scottish Hockey's men's national coach, has outlined what he is looking for in schools players seeking to make it to the top in the game.

November is a key month on the youth calendar, with the inter-district championships having taken place at Peffermill in Edinburgh over the past two weekends and the early rounds of the boys' and girls' under-18 cups being staged.

With Glasgow now hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Mr Aherns is already looking at identifying talent. "I'm looking for athletes who are brave, hard working and show a great team spirit," he stressed. "Talent is important in high-performance sport but we also need these other qualities to succeed at international levels.

"The calibre of the inter-districts rises every year, giving national coaches a strong base to work with. The high quality shows work is progressing in all the districts. It also shows that we have a strong institute (Scottish Institute of Sport) setting up good coaches, which makes us confident to train players to a high international level."

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