Mackie pupils’ endurance test for new sports kit

Ury Estate
Ury Estate

Pupils at a Stonehaven school are set to raised thousands of pounds to support their sporting endeavours by challenging their endurance.

For the second successive yea, the developers behind Stonehaven’s Ury Estate have given their backing to pupils from Mackie Academy as they follow in the record-breaking footsteps of Captain Robert Barclay, who in 1809 tackled the challenge of walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours.

This year’s walk formed part of the school’s Sports Day on June 24, and they raised funds to purchase rugby kits and rain jackets for all the school’s outdoor teams.

The cash raised will also be used to offset the costs for students travelling to competitions and support a Sports Awards evening later this year.

The feat was supported by FM Group, who are working on a multi-million project to transform Ury Estate.

Alan Tullock, depute head at Mackie Academy, said: “We are very grateful for the continued support of FM Group.

“Their funding last year was instrumental in us being able to purchase new kit for several of our teams, including our new girls’ basketball side which has proved to be extremely popular.

“As well as clothing, the sponsorship will make it easier for our students to take part in competitions both here in Aberdeenshire and nationally. This will play an important part in helping local, up-and-coming athletes to reach their potential and also recognise their achievements.”

Jonathon Milne, director of FM Group, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to extend our support for students at Mackie Academy to raise funds and take part in a unique challenge. The sponsored walk highlights the history of the Ury Estate.”