Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Sports day


The Glasgow Rocks will be participating in the Commonwealth Sports Day this Friday 31st January at the Emirates Arena.

Pupils from the entire third year registers of two city/south Lanarkshire schools will descend on the Emirates Arena on Friday, January 31, to compete in the Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Sports Day.

Around 360 S3 pupils from Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools in Rutherglen will get the run of the iconic venue, a centrepiece of this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where they will take part in six sports.

During the course of the sports day, the pupils will each enjoy 30-minute taster sessions in Rugby, Judo, Athletics, Netball and Basketball.

Additionally, 45 pupils from each of the schools have been pre-selected to take part in one-hour cycling sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Representatives from Glasgow Warriors, Judo Scotland, Netball Scotland and the Glasgow Rocks will join staff from Clyde Gateway and the physical education departments of both schools to lead the pupils in coaching sessions on the day.

The sports day is the culminating event of the Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Project – a 12-month partnership with South Lanarkshire Education Resources and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd which has provided pupils with different ways to incorporate the guiding principles of the Commonwealth including equality, respect and tolerance.

Friday’s event at the Emirates Arena was designed to help create a pathway to sporting activities and to encourage a joint learning approach between the pupils from both schools.

Natalie Phillips, Clyde Gateway’s community benefits assistant project manager, has worked closely with the teaching staff of the two South Lanarkshire Council schools to arrange both the project and Friday’s event.

Over the last year we have incorporated a wide range of activities for the children involved, from preparing foods of the world to encouraging healthy living. These activities have dovetailed with the overall aim of promoting respect, ambition and achievement; however the sports day has always been planned as the biggest and most appropriate way in which to complete the project.

“The benefits from the sports day will be be felt on a number of levels, not least that the pupils will enjoy physical activity with the help of top-class trainers in a world-class facility right on their doorsteps, and that their positive experiences from the day will be shared with their families and friends across the wider community.

 “It is also an innovative method for Clyde Gateway to again demonstrate just how much we value the social aspects of our regeneration activities as well as reinforcing the impact we are having and the legacy we are delivering.”

Natalie also set up a focus group at the beginning of the project, which included six pupil volunteers from each of the two schools.

The group would meet once a month and planned the activity rotas for the sports day, designed leaflets, contacted local businesses to gain prize-giving support and helped promote the event within both schools.

One of the pupils involved, Sarah Ali, came up with the design for the t-shirts the pupils will wear on Friday at the sports day.

Clyde Gateway is the country’s top urban regeneration project, formed in 2007 as a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise with funding the Scottish Government.

Its boundaries cover 840 hectares across the East End of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire Council, taking in the communities of Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Shawfield. 

Tasked with driving forward a large investment programme over a 20-year period, the URC is working to deliver social, economic and physical change in an area equivalent to the size of 1,200 football pitches.

Peter Bollen, head teacher at Trinity High School said: “We are delighted to be involved with Stonelaw High School in the Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Sports Day.

“The pupils are really looking forward to meeting up with their friends from Stonelaw High School and taking part in the six selected sports. For many of those involved in the cycling sessions this will be their first time in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

 “All of the S3 pupils from both schools have been involved in a range of activities, covering all areas, in preparation for these events.

 “Alongside this we had an emphasis on the key values we wish to promote such as respect; ambition and achievement. We have also had a strong focus on promoting healthy living from delivering physical activity to ensuring dietary changes, from working with top class trainers to taking part in a number of sports at the Emirates Arena.

 “We wish to thank all the partners, supporters and above all Clyde Gateway for making this possible and above all for enabling us to have the Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Sports Day in the Emirates Arena.”


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