A RECORD number of schools took a hop, skip and a jump into an indoor sports festival at Carnegie Leisure Centre.

More than 800 pupils from a huge turnout of 30 primaries took part in the Primary 4/5 Sportshall Athletics event, organised by Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council over the course of two days.

The run, jump and throw event held both last Friday and on Monday, included schools from Cowdenbeath and Benarty as well as Dunfermline and West Fife, and it was Dalgety Bay who leaped into top spot with an overall points haul of 712.

Completing the top three, and also in the medals, were St Margaret's and Kelty primary schools, with 696 and 692 points respectively, and Lindsay Weir, secretary of the sports council, commented: "The coaching for these events is supported by the Dunfermline Carnegie Trust and we have tremendous input from Active Schools Fife, who provide the Young Leaders from local high schools who help out on the day.

"I would like to thank Ricky Skelding for the amount of work he and his small team put into running the event."

The festival is held by the sports council as part of a series of similar events organised in eight separate sports throughout the year.

Points are awarded to the top three schools after each festival and they go towards their final total, which then determines the winners of the Sports School of the Year Award presented annually at the Sports Council's awards ceremony in February.