European semi-final at Borough Briggs taxes young brains rather than feet

Greenwards contested final last year

European competition finally arrived at Elgin City’s Borough Briggs stadium – but not a ball was in sight as this Champions League clash was more about general knowledge than football skills.

There was all the same a major victory for young pupils at one Moray school after they emerged triumphant to qualify for their own European Final – not at Hampden, but at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.

Primary six pupils from St Sylvester’s RC School in Elgin were the victors in a ‘Euro Quiz’ that involved seven other primary schools – now they are heading to Edinburgh for the final stage in May.

The regional event saw the function room at Borough Briggs decked out with the flags of all European nations as the youngsters tested their knowledge – and it was a close run thing for the eventual winners as they only just scraped past Greenwards Primary 6-5.

Others who had fought valiantly for the honour of representing Moray in the final were Bishopmill, Portgordon, Lhanbryde, Applegrove and Portknockie primary schools.

Organised by the Scottish European Education Trust, the annual quiz seeks to broaden the knowledge of Europe for pupils in Scottish schools. One school from each of Scotland’s local authority regions will contest the final in the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament.

Attending the Moray heat was James Ivory, treasurer of the Trust, who said: “I think it is important that children realise there is a wide world out there. By competing in the quiz they learn how to work together as a team.

“The enthusiasm and knowledge shown is great – what they know is really outstanding.”

How would you have done?  The Euro Quiz final from last year can be viewed in full below!

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