Euan Burton back to school to showcase his skills

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With fewer than 500 days to go until the Olympic Games, one of Scotland's brightest medal hopes for London 2012, judo star Euan Burton, yesterday paid a visit to his old school, Pencaitland Primary in East Lothian.

He was there to promote registration for this year's biggest school sporting event, the Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week, which takes place from 6-10 June.

More than 700 schools have already registered to take part in the event.

With more than two months still to go, this is a welcome response from schools to an event being delivered in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport through their Active Schools Network.

Burton represented Team GB at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and is currently ranked fourth in the world in men's judo. He met with 90 pupils from Primary 5, 6 and 7 in the sports hall where he once took PE classes. There was an exciting judo demonstration with Euan and sparring partner before the Primary 7 pupils had an opportunity to try moves themselves.

Of his visit to Pencaitland, Burton said: "I hope my own success can inspire young people to achieve all they can in any sport they try.

"The enthusiasm shown today highlights the massive interest there is for more opportunities to learn more about sport so I encourage every school in Scotland to register for this fantastic event."

Elise Sutherland, deputy head at the school, said: "Everyone was delighted to welcome Euan and his team today. It's great for all of the children to have the opportunity to meet an Olympian and experience a live judo session for themselves. Euan made the whole morning really fun and enjoyable for everyone."