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ACT sponsored athlete Ross Murdoch has given his support to a charity campaign to keep children safe at school.
Olympic swimmer Ross Murdoch and fellow top-level swimmer Aimee Wilmott attended Newton Primary School in Dunblane recently to help to deliver a Speak Out Stay Safe assembly with NSPCC Scotland.
The NSPCC organises assembly events in primary schools in a bid to help children to recognise different types of abuse and to feel confident about speaking out to a trusted adult.
Research from the children’s charity shows that on average at least two children in every primary school classroom across the UK will have suffered some form of abuse or neglect.
Ross and Aimee took time out of their busy training schedule to support NSPCC Scotland in delivering the service to pupils.
Ross told Third Force News: “Sport has such a key part to play in physical health, but I have always thought that sport has really helped with my own mental health. I remember having a hard time at school and at university when exams were coming up. When I went for a swim, I always found that the pool was a place for me to escape and I’d always come out after a swim feeling so much better.”
Enola Butler, NSPCC Scotland school service coordinator for Stirlingshire, said: “We were delighted to welcome Ross and Aimee to help us deliver a Speak Out Stay Safe assembly. The children really engaged with what they had to say, and they helped to reinforce the importance of sport in relation to mental and physical wellbeing.
“It is so important for children to have a voice, and that they shouldn’t stop speaking out until action is taken.”
We are proud of Ross backing this worthwhile campaign.