Flash bang wallop – school sports pictures required

Oban High School rugby team from 1964/65.

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Former Oban High School pupils are being asked to have a rummage through their photograph collections to see if they have any old sporting pics taken during their secondary schooldays.

Having come across a collection of photographs at the old school, Principal Teacher of PE Murray Hamilton is keen to display them along with current ones, as well as establishing a sporting Hall of Fame-type gallery in the new building.

‘I would really like to reintroduce the tradition of taking photographs of winning teams and individuals and be able to display past and present side by side,’ he told us.

‘I am hoping that the community will be able to help provide photographs or identify players from existing photographs.’

A former pupil of OHS, Mr Hamilton considers himself fortunate to be back teaching at his former school and has worked hard, along with a dedicated team to bring back the idea of school sport and to make sure that students in Oban have the opportunity to represent their school and compete in competitions.

‘There is no doubt that the national picture has changed since I was in school; youth sport now has so many great clubs running sports teams and competing across the country,’ he added.

‘I really feel that we should be proud of these past teams though as well as forming new ones and celebrating their successes.

‘Things have certainly improved with the hard work of staff and local club partnerships, along with the work of Active Schools across Argyll. Our students can now try just about any sport for free at an after school clubs and then follow that on at a local sports club. We have three fantastic sporting ‘Schools of’ programmes which really helps the students reach their full potential.’

Mr Hamilton also believes that while location can be barrier to his students competing at a regular and high level, it is not one that will stop them.

He continued: ‘I also believe we have a huge amount of talented pupils in a number of sports. Just look at recent success stories of Robert MacIntyre, Magnus Bradbury, Abi Evans and John McPhee to name a few.

‘I would really like to show off our sporting heritage more within the school and within the community and the best way to do this is to get the community involved.

‘We have a display board in the PE dept with some of the old strips and photographs but I would love to have a better representation of all the sports teams and players who have set a high standard for our current students to aspire to.’

The principal PE teacher is also looking at compiling a Sporting Hall of Fame or record of all international sports stars that attended Oban High School.

‘I really want our students to be aware that you can achieve success at any level of any sport regardless of where you come from,’ he said.

‘This year (before we closed), we had competitive teams in football, shinty, rugby, badminton, netball and basketball. We hope that we will have more sports represented in the future and want to start documenting these school successes just like OHS has done in the past.’

Anyone who has photographs or records of sporting success at Oban High School can contact Mr Hamilton by email at murray.hamilton@argyll-bute.gov.uk or by phone 01631 564231.