Combined schools’ football coaching given the thumbs up

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two school boys named Daniel, stepped into a lion’s den today unaware of the fact they were creating history.

Daniel McGreechin (12) in primary 7 at Tinto Primary and Daniel Ojonile (11) of the same class at neighbouring St Conval’s Primary were selected to be in a photograph which launched a new scheme of football coaching for both schools together in Tinto’s state of the art, all-weather pitches.

The line up for the historic photograph showing denominational and non-denominational schools - Tinto and St Conval's Primaries - about to start their joint football coaching sessions with Rangers and Celtic Youth Coaches and alongside Aberlour Child Care workers.  All engineered by local councillor, Bailie Josephine Docherty (centre in pink jacket)

The line up for the historic photograph showing denominational and non-denominational schools – Tinto and St Conval’s Primaries – about to start their joint football coaching sessions with Rangers and Celtic Youth Coaches and alongside Aberlour Child Care workers. All engineered by local councillor, Bailie Josephine Docherty (centre in pink jacket)

This is the first time a denominational and non-denominational school in the area has worked as closely together on such a project.

And, according to Bailie Josephine Docherty, the Newlands/Auldburn Councillor who engineered the coaching and the use of the Tinto facility: ‘It’s unbelievable we’ve actually achieved this.’

Bailie Josephine Docherty is delighted to see the two schools being coached in football together.

Bailie Josephine Docherty is delighted to see the two schools being coached in football together.

The sessions are being given by youth football coaches from Celtic and Rangers Clubs and both Club mascots attended for the photo shoot.

Celtic coach, James McCafferty, and Rangers coach, Brian Matthews, agreed it was a good venture. ‘If we can work together – and they see us doing that  – they can play together,’ summed up the Old Firm’s  amicable approach.  One half of each primary class will be paired with half of the other school’s class. The children get to know each other, learn to play football together and gain respect for each other.

Coaches James McCafferty and Brian Matthews regularly work together but it is the first time they've worked together on a joint schools' programme.

Coaches James McCafferty and Brian Matthews regularly work together but it is the first time they’ve worked together on a joint schools’ programme.

Aberlour Child Care Trust is also involved in the scheme which will run weekly for about three months.  Said Paul McNamara of Aberlour’s FACTS programme: ‘This programme stands for Football, Anti-sectarianism and Cyber-bullying Training in Schools. It is an ideal opportunity for us to discover if any of these issues are being experienced among these young people. We can concentrate on the words used and explain that words which are not even acceptable in banter today were commonplace a few years ago. Through this, sectarian attitudes can be addressed and defused.’

The combined football coaching idea came to Bailie Docherty when, on behalf of the City, she hosted a table at a Commonwealth Games banquet last autumn.  She said: ‘A Jamaican athletic delegate asked me why our footballers were so poor when we have all these parks. He was astounded to learn that almost every green space has a ‘No Football’ or ‘No Ball Games’ sign on it. That set me thinking and this combined football coaching session is the outcome.’

She added that she was particularly pleased that the all-weather pitch at Tinto Primary School was getting wider use. ‘It is a community facility created with public money but it is not easily available to the wider public.’  The St Conval’s school has no football pitches. All of their pupils who attended the first coaching session walked for 25 minutes to the Tinto School because the hire of school buses is ‘prohibitive’ said teacher Eileen Corr. ‘We took the healthy option,’ she said, smiling.

Tinto’s head teacher, Mrs Monique Kirkwood, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted at this opportunity to work with St Conval’s and for the children to work together. It will help break down barriers. We hope it will be the beginning of many more opportunities.’

Bailie Docherty said: ‘I couldn’t have done this without the help of Aberlour people. They are good at thinking out-the-box to achieve objectives. When this is seen to work, there is no reason it can’t be rolled out across the city.’

Added David Kelly of Aberlour: ‘It is exciting to be a part of this project. It is the first time the government has put serious cash behind sectarian problems in Scotland. The agenda is not set from the top. Our remit is to listen to what the young people themselves are saying; how they express their views and see if there is any trend that needs to be tackled. This way, we hope to make sectarianism a thing of the past.’

David Kelly of Aberlour couldn't resist having a kick-about himself.

David Kelly of Aberlour couldn’t resist having a kick-about himself.

Tinto School’s next door neighbour is the Netherauldhouse Evangelical Church. Pastor Don Palmer told this website: ‘We wanted to use the school’s pitches. But there was too much red tape and the cost was prohibitive – a minimum of £40 an hour. We run various kids’ clubs and would love to be able to use the pitches at the school as we’re cramped for space here.’  He said he hoped the combined schools’ football coaching programme was an indication that the Church’s prayers would be answered. ‘That facility should be used to its maximum capacity as it is a community facility. All kinds of church and community groups should be encouraged to use it. That would be a Win Win situation because this is a deprived community and there is no public space for children to play. And something as good as the all-weather pitches next door should be inclusive of people in the community not exclusive.’

Doors Open to railways in September

August 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Glasgow Central Station is one of the star attractions during Glasgow Doors Open Day from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 September.

Edwardian ladies and their children in Central Station give a hint of the Railways theme for Doors Open in Glasgow in September 2013

Some of the behind-the-scenes places which visiting member of the public will be able to see will be the famous glass roof of the Station.

More than 100 buildings, 54 walks and tours and 23 talks and events are included in the free programme which can be viewed online or picked up as a brochure in public places such as libraries.

Railways is one of the themes running through this ‘built heritage’ festival which is in its 24th year. The Commonwealth Games and Green City are the parallel themes.

Pollokshaws West is the oldest railway station in operation in Glasgow and its doors will be open. Talks will explore the early days of rail in the city as well as Glasgow’s Southside suburban railways and Glasgow’s railway heritage and the materials used. A ‘Subcrawl’ will offer a ride on the city’s underground with information about buildings around the circle.

An advance look at the changes being made to accommodate the Commonwealth Games will be available during Doors Open days. This will include the Athletes’ Village, Glasgow Green Hockey Centre, Hampden Park, Kelvingrove Park Tennis and Bowls Pavilion and Tollcross International Swimming Centre as well as a discovery tour of hidden Bridgeton. The architecture of sport and leisure will be explored in the talk: ‘Starting Blocks & Building Blocks.’

To co-incide with 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland, Doors Open will also have a green theme. The natural beauty of Glasgow and the ways in which everyone can help to keep it that way will be addressed. Among the Doors Open events will be – viewing the city from City of Glasgow College; visiting the Concrete Garden’s home grown Scottish fare and the Hidden Gardens’ native and exotic plant collection; discovering Eco-Friendly Glasgow at Caledonian University and The Tall Ship.

People will be invited to relax in a temporary park with SEDA PARK(ing) Glasgow, turning parking spaces into parks. And folk can learn about the seven lochs wetlands park and go on a journey through the History of Glasgow’s Parks.

Among the highlights will be a last chance to see the Henry Wood Hall which has been the RSNO Centre for many years; a costumed interpretation at Pollok House; discovering The Rome of the North – Springburn; sampling therapies at the Calman Cancer Support Centre; joining the Storytelling Tour of Pollok; seeing an exhibition of the world’s mosques at Madrasa Taleem ul Islam; learning to play the pipes at the National Piping Centre and Pipers’ Tryst Hotel; going behind the scenes at STV Studios – among hundreds of interesting visits and events.

Doors Open’s website is newly designed to enable visitors to plan their time to suit their interests. Try it!

Look for this year's programme for Doors Open Day.

There are competitions and many special interest events, talks and venues to be enjoyed.

As Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) said: “The 2013 Doors Open Day programme features an exciting and diverse range of buildings and locations, offering the chance to explore Glasgow as never before. There are many discoveries to be made!”

Anne McChlery, Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted that it’s this time of year again and are so proud to be the organisers of this much loved event in Glasgow.”

Pauline McCloy, Events & Development Officer at Scottish Civic Trust said: “Doors Open Days continues to impress with its depth of variety and consistent quality. Glasgow’s programme effortlessly merges contemporary interventions in the city’s public space alongside the serenity of more tradition buildings.”

For the full national programme see:

Glasgow’s programme is coordinated by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, a charity that focuses on saving the built heritage by establishing new uses for and restoring much loved old buildings. Last year more than 80,000 recorded visits were made in the city during Doors Open. Around 1,115 people – mostly volunteers – worked 7,004 hours on the events which brought an estimated £101,297 into Glasgow.

Stacey aims to net mental health stigma

May 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Langside College student Stacey Morgan – entirely on her own initiative – has organised a major 7-a-side football tournament at Hampden to raise awareness of mental health.

Stacey has returned to studying after working for ten years with Quarriers.

Stacey, a 2nd year undergraduate doing a BA Degree\Diploma in Education and Social Services at Langside College and Strathclyde University, got the idea for the event – called The Charleston Cup – during her placement in the Community Development Service in the Charleston Centre in Paisley.

The tournament is being held at Lesser Hampden on Saturday 1 June and will kick off at 1pm, preceded by a speech by Tony McLaren from Breathing Space Scotland.

Ten teams will be competing from Sunday central amateur leagues and the local community. They include league winners Bellgrove Amateur F.C. The event is being supported by a number of major mental health charities and will also feature information on mental health and mental health services, provided by RAMH, Breathing Space Scotland and See Me. There will be mental health quizzes with prizes and a See Me project for people to participate in to help reduce the stigma of mental ill health.

Says Stacey: “I choose to promote mental health awareness not just because it was part of my course or placement but because it is something that I am passionate about and something that’s close to my heart. I lost a close family member to suicide. It was only through my course that I was educated about mental health and I realised how important it is to break down the stigma of mental ill health and openly talk about it to allow people to come forward and get support.”

The event will also feature a free raffle with prizes including Hampden Experience passes, signed Rangers Football Club goodies, hair and beauty vouchers, vouchers for Domino’s Pizza and gift vouchers for reflexology, Swedish massages and aromatherapy massages. There will be a bouncy castle for children as well as a penalty shoot-out for everyone to enjoy. Added Stacey: “The local community and shops and pubs have really got behind this. It should be fun so that everyone enjoys themselves and at the same time, learns something about mental health .’

Stacey, who is 28, worked for ten years in social care in Quarriers before adding to her knowledge by studying for a BA in Education and Social Services.

Alison does what Pele says

April 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Speaker Alison Walker with Club President Norman Ferguson

Sports journalist Alison Walker is learning Portuguese – because the famous Pele told her to! This was one of the many things she revealed to around 100 Glasgow Business Club members at their lunch meeting today in Firhill Stadium.

Introduced by President Norman Ferguson, Alison recounted her rise to fame despite the frequent, chauvinistic attitudes of her male colleagues. ‘I’d never admit I’d two children,’ she said.

She reeled off a list of eminent sports people she’d interviewed and told delightful, insightful tales of incidents along the way. At the 2012 Olympics, Pele was one of her interviewees – along with David Beckham, Henry Kissinger and the King of Spain. She told Pele she’d love to report on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. ‘He advised me to learn the language. So that’s why I’ve spent the last six months at Glasgow University learning Brazilian Portuguese!’ she recounted.

Recently she set up her own media training company. ‘I’ve time to spend with my children now. But as they’re teenagers, they don’t want to spend time with me!’

Next month the guest speaker will be Margaret Curran, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. Known until recently as Glasgow South Business Club, the organisation now holds meetings in a wider geographic field than it did before. Therefore the meeting on May 21 will be at GTG Training Centre in South Street, G14 0BJ.  For futher details check the Glasgow Business Club’s website.




Glasgow City invited to ‘Meet the Champions’ Tournament

December 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Glasgow City Women’s Football Team have been invited to compete in an international ‘Meet the Champions’ Indoor Tournament by German Champions FFC Turbine Potsdam in February 2013.

Glasgow City Women's Football Team which has been invited to the exclusive tournament in Germany next year.

The tournament will mark Potsdam’s 40th Anniversary. City are one of seven Champions hand-picked by Potsdam to play in what is the first tournament of its kind to be hosted by the German giants.

The exclusive, invitation only, event will be made up of Europe’s top sides. The impressive guest team list contains three European Women’s Champions League Winners, including the current holders – French Champions Olympic Lyon.

The German Club has invited:

Glasgow City (Scotland)

Olympique Lyonnais (France)

Arsenal Ladies (England)

ROA Oslo (Norway)

Brondy IF (Denmark)

AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)

SV Neulengbach (Austria)

The tournament will take place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February in the brand new, indoor MBS-Arena in Potsdam in front of a crowd of 2000.

Commenting on the tournament, City Club Manager, Laura Montgomery said: “To be invited to such an exclusive and high standard tournament is fantastic and very flattering for our club. Looking at the participating Clubs is incredibly exciting with 3 Champions League winners, alone.

“For our players to be able to test themselves against this level of competition in pre-season,  is simply fantastic. I am sure they will enjoy every minute of it.

“We will be playing indoor football, which will be a brand new challenge for us. This type of indoor football is very popular in Europe, particularly in Germany. It will be 8-aside on a pitch with rules we have never faced before.  But this will be a key stage in our fitness preparations for the new season in March.

“To be able to take the girls to Germany for four days for this level of competition at this time in pre-season,  is an opportunity we could never turn down.”

PHOTOGRAPH  by Andy Buist

Glasgow City sign striker Sarah Crilly

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Scottish Champions,  Glasgow City Women’s Football Club, are delighted to announce their first new signing of the close season after capturing striker Sarah Crilly from Hamilton.

Sarah Crilly, newest signing at Glasgow City

The forward, who recently turned 21,  is in her third year at the Scottish National Football Academy at Stirling University where young Scottish talent  combine football with full time higher education.

A former youth international at Under 17 and Under 19,  Sarah made her senior Scotland debut this year  scoring in a closed door friendly against Norway.

Speaking of her move to City, Sarah said: “First, I’d like to thank Glasgow City for giving me this opportunity. They have achieved so much over the past few years within the Scottish League and the Champions League and I hope I can contribute to more success in the future.

“It’s a new challenge for me as an individual and one that will require a lot of hard work and determination which I’m committed to giving to the club.

“I’d like to thank Hamilton for everything they have done for me over the years.  They have made me the player that I am today.  I also give special thanks to Kevin Murphy – without him I would not have progressed as far as I have in my football career.

“Kevin is a great coach and also a great person.  Hamilton are a fantastic club with lots of ambition and there is definitely a bright future for them if they continue on their current road.  I look forward to starting pre-season training in January with City and I will enjoy training among some of Scotland’s top players and coaches.”

Glasgow City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black, said:  “It has taken a while but I’m glad, finally, to have got Sarah on board. We tried to sign Sarah a number of years ago when we first started up a reserve side.  She was an up and coming young prospect and although we were unsuccessful then and again a year ago, we never gave up.

“She will certainly bring a lot to the team.  She has great pace, vision and awareness.  She will work hard for the team and is very ambitious. I know the players at this club will be very pleased to have her as a team mate. The coaching staff and I are looking forward to working with her very much.  I am certain she will be a huge success at Glasgow City.”

Impressive Olympic Parade in Glasgow

September 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Gold all the way to George Square

Glasgow did the Olympic and Paralympic athletes proud! The crowds turn out in their thousands. People did a Glasgow traditional ‘window hing’ and the sun shone on their parade. An estimated 17000 packed George Square and everyone had a good time.

Here are some of the first pictures as the parade approached Charing Cross before heading to George Square where First Minister Alex Salmond awaited them.  He then took them to a reception at the Old Furitmarket.  He said: ‘These Games were good and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be even better. But London Olympics has set the bar high indeed. We hope to do even better.’

Flat dwellers had a bird's eye view

At the start of the parade from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum around 4pm today (Friday 14 September 2012) Sir Chris Hoy said: ‘Thank you for this support not just today but throughout the Games. It has been a special summer for sport.’

Among the medalists on parade were: Sir Chris Hoy,  cycling double gold; Katherine Grainger, rower, gold; Neil Fachie, paracyclist, gold.  Scott Brash, equestrian, gold; Michael Jamieson, swimmer, silver; Aileen McGlynn, cyclist, silver; Luke Patience, sailing, silver.

Helen (in pink) and Kathleen came all the way from Kirkcaldy to cheer the Olympians.

A ‘very proud’ Helen MacKenzie and her friend Kathleen Westwood had travelled from Kirkcaldy to wave their flags and cheer on the Olympians. Said Helen: ‘This has been fantastic for Britain. We just wanted to show the athletes how much we support them.’ Added Kathleen: ‘We’ve spent the whole summer glued to the Olympics and Paralympics. It has been wonderful and we wanted to share the success.’

And local Lanarkshire family David and Gillian Haggart and their daughters Lindsey (6) and Emily (3) were there to cheer on the Olympians.

Having been to London, the Haggart family completed their sports circuit in Glasgow.

Said curler Gillian: ‘We watched it on TV and went to London last weekend and watched the games in Trafalgar Square on the big screens.’ Added David: ‘We’re here to day because this is a once in a lifetime event and we won’t get the chance to do this again.’


Rocks rock on to new location after Friday’s match

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Glasgow Rocks, the city’s only professional basketball team, will play their final match at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena on Friday 4 May. They relocate to Glasgow’s stunning £113 million Commonwealth Arena when the new season starts in October.

They meet Leicester Riders on Friday in the British Basketball League (BBL) semi-final first leg play-off.  Tip-off is 7.30pm. See their website for details:

Currently Rocks have 32 points which puts them four places down from leaders Newcastle Eagles who are at 46 points.

In a farewell event – and as part of their training for the Friday match –  Rocks stars Sterling Davis and Gareth Murray among others, will join pupils from Hillhead Primary School for a training session on Wednesday 2 May in the Kelvin Hall.

The Rocks have played at the Kelvin Hall since 2008.


City players vote to win the semi final

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Laura Montgomery

Donald Jennow, City's Assistant Coach pic by Lorraine Hill

Voting day has a special significance for Glasgow City, the women’s football team based at Petershill Park in Springburn. They meet Forfar Farmington in the Premier League Cup semi-final on Thursday 3 May when local elections take place across Scotland.
Having won the trophy two seasons ago, but knocked out at this stage of the competition last year, Assistant City Coach Donald Jennow knows his side need to keep their focus to progress against a talented and committed Forfar side.
He said: ‘On Thursday we will take on Forfar for the second time this season. As is so often the case at City, the big games keep coming. Having just faced Hibs and Celtic, back to back, we have this midweek game against a stubborn Forfar side. It was at this stage last year I tasted defeat for the first time with City and in seasons past the League Cup has proved a bit of a stumbling block for us. ‘We hope to put that right this year. All involved at the club are very keen to progress in the competition but are fully aware of the challenge we will face. Forfar will be a determined side and I’m sure all involved at Forfar will relish the opportunity to compete in the club’s first semi-final. For us, we will rely on our experience to hopefully guide us through to the final. Make no mistake, we do not take any opposition or any competition for granted. We must earn every victory, every point and every trophy we ever want to hold and that is what we aim to do on Thursday.’


Glasgow City defeated Forfar 4-0 on Thursday at Hill of Beith to progress to the final of the SWPL Cup. Goals from Lisa Evans, Leanne Ross, Eilish McSorley and Jane Ross. Full match report elsewhere on website.

Govan trainee shoemakers deliver size nine brogues to Sir Alex

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Apprentices of Buchanan Bespoke Footwear, recently meet their hero Sir Alex Ferguson, boss of Manchester United Football Club, to present him with a pair of leather shoes, hand made by senior craftsmen in Govan.

Based in Sir Alex’s home town of Govan, the company has been making high-quality tailored shoes for men for nearly 90 years.

Recently, it took on three new apprentices to teach them the craft of luxury footwear production using an exclusive range of fine leathers, linings, and soling materials.

Local lads, Andrew Harvey, 18, Scott Rennie, 17, and William Magee, 27, took a pair of size nine shoes for Sir Alex from the company’s headquarters in Helen Street to his offices in Manchester United’s training ground. There they were able to soak up the iconic atmosphere and deliver the brown brogues to Sir Alex in person.

The experience was particularly exciting for William who is a player for Harmony Row Football Club, of which Sir Alex is a patron and honorary member. William said: ‘It was a dream come true to meet Sir Alex. He is one of Britain’s greatest living football managers and I hope to see him wearing the shoes at a match on TV soon.’

Diana Currie, managing director of Buchanan Bespoke Footwear, said: ‘Our apprentices were thrilled to meet him. We have been providing high quality footwear since 1925. It is important that we keep the traditional hand crafted shoemaking skills alive. By taking on new apprentices we can create a new generation of experts. I wrote to Sir Alex to tell him about our commitment to training and our three new apprentices. He was only too happy to get involved with us as we are based in Govan – his home town.’

Cathy Black, head of textiles, Scottish Enterprise, said: ‘Our textiles and apparel industry in Scotland relies on meticulous processes and a highly skilled workforce. It is essential for companies like Buchanan Bespoke Footwear, to invest in the next generation through apprenticeships and ensure that skills are passed on allowing the industry to thrive. We know that the Buchanan team enjoyed their visit to meet Sir Alex and that they now have a new ambassador for their premier league products.’

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