Olympic Bikes at Bannerman High

November 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Cycling, Glasgow East, Local News

Mountain Bike Fun at Bannerman HighA £40,000 mountain bike circuit was opened in the East End last month at Bannerman High School by medal winning members of the Special Olympics cycling team.

The track, which was two years in the making, was a result of requests from pupils who wanted a venue where they could train without travelling a distance.

The only other inner city mountain bike track is in Pollok Country Park. It was opened in 2004.

Triple Olympic cycling champion, Chris Hoy, who opened the Pollok track said: ‘This new track may bring on the next generation of Olympians.’

Almost 100 individuals, including 60 pupils, gathered in the pouring rain on Tuesday October 21 to watch demonstration rides by the team.

Pupils from Bannerman High, and feeder primary schools Swinton, Sandaig and Caledonia also took part in races.

The 1km bike trail, which will also be open to the local community, has been constructed around the school’s football and hockey pitch. It is designed to improve the confidence of off-road cyclists and improve their mountain biking skills.

A hard grade circuit has jumps, ramps, cobbled stones and raised embankments while an easier grade circuit is made up of gentle bends and surfaced stone.

The track was funded by Sustrans, a leading UK charity focused on sustainable transport. It was built in response to the huge rise in popularity of mountain biking in Scotland.

Councillor Euan McLeod, Convenor of the Land and Environmental Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee told the gathering: ‘The young people of Bannerman High have been at the heart of this project.’

John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland Director, said: ‘Through our project ‘Tackling the School Run’ we know that more and more children are cycling to school. The more opportunities young people have to get on their bikes the more they will do just that.’


A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: ‘It is hoped the track will also provide a bridge between the secondary school and its feeder primary schools, so easing the transition for pupils.’

Rangers Community Grants

November 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Football, Glasgow South, Local News, Sport

Kris Boyd and Kirk Broadfoot lend a helping handTwo caring Govan groups have been given a welcome injection of cash thanks to Rangers Football Club’s Community Grants Scheme.

St Constantine’s Parish Church has received £3,000 to buy replacement tables for their hall while Govan Care Project was awarded £820 to buy a laptop and accessories.

A special needs group, a pensioners’ group, a karate club and an Irish dancing group are some of the users of the hall.

St Constantine’s would now like to pass on the generosity by offering their fifty café style tables to other charitable organisations.

Cathie McGhee, chairwoman of both St Constantine’s Parish Church group and Govan Care Project said: ‘The tables are very sturdy and have laminate tops. We could split the tables among several groups, the only requirement is they collect them from us. We are ever so grateful to Rangers Community Grants scheme. It was fantastic news that we were to get the funding.’

Govan Care Project has used their new laptop to create a database. The charitable trust helps pensioners in the area so having database information at their fingertips will help them give a much quicker service. ‘We provide information to pensioners – anything from finding out about their pension allowance to setting up wheelchair hire. This new system will make a huge difference,’ said Cathie.

Connal Cochrane, Rangers Charity Foundation Manager told the LOCAL NEWS: ‘The Community Grants Scheme was launched last season and so far has made 15 awards between £500 and £3000 to local groups totalling more than £28,000.’

This year’s allocation has been made but Connal invites local groups within the boundaries of the Govan/Craigton Community Planning Partnership to let him know if they are interested in being included in next year’s awards.

Contact 0141 580 8775 or email: rangerscharity@rangers.co.uk


Awards for Castlemilk Martial Arts Club

November 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Glasgow South, Local News, Martial Arts

Castlemilk Martial Arts Club  

Castlemilk Martial Arts Club is celebrating the success of its young members after they received special awards at the Junior National Course at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs. Kerri McCullock,14, Megan Fitzpatrick, 13, Jodie Loughlin, 10 and Kayleigh Ferns, 9 were awarded trophies for their skills. Only 12 out of the 130 students taking part were recognised, which makes it a special coup for the four girls from Castlemilk. Chief instructor Paul Hanlon told the LOCAL NEWS: ‘I am very proud of them. They had to show many skills  including takedowns, throws, self defence attacks, as well as sparring, groundwork and pad routines to be selected for one of these prestigious awards.’ Paul has been involved in Martial Arts for over 20 years and runs five clubs in total, including two adult classes in Balornock. Megan Fitzpatrick, Jodie Loughlin, Paul Hanlon, Kayleigh Ferns, Kerri McCullock

The Castlemilk club has been running for four years and is open to 5 to 16 year olds and they meet at Castleton Primary School. They are currently seeking sponsorship to help develop the club. If you would like to get involved you can contact Paul on 0141 558 2169 or via email at paul.hanlon7@ntlworld.com.

Pothole Patrol

October 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Cycling, Local News

Andy Ross and Cllr Danny AldersloweCouncillor Danny Alderslowe has been on pothole patrol at various locations in the city, encouraging cyclists to report potholes to the Council and get them repaired.

The Council has a service commitment to repair potholes on main roads within 24 hours and on side roads within five days. Potholes are particularly hazardous for cyclists as they often occur at the edges of roads where cyclists usually ride. Swerving to avoid them can place cyclists in danger as they can come into contact with passing traffic. Danny told the LOCAL NEWS: ‘It’s great to see so many people cycling these days, but if the roads are in poor condition it discourages people from using their bikes. And it is especially difficult for new cyclists. Potholes are a serious hazard.’

The council’s pothole hotline number is 0800 373635.

Football Match Closes Refugee Week

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Cycling, Football, Sport

One of the 20 teams which took part in the Refugee Week tournament.

Springburn beat Sighthill A team 2-1. But the result was much better than that. For this final game was the clincher in a five-a-side football tournament during Refugee Week.

The event was held at the tennis courts in Kelvingrove Park and 20 teams of school boys from 70 different nations had a great day out despite the heavy rain.

The event brought Refugee week to a close. Organised by Operation Reclaim, it was part of an initiative tackling gang violence and attacks on asylum seekers.

By bringing together local young people with their peers who are asylum seekers and refugees, the football provides opportunities for integration in a fun way. It also reclaimed the local recreation area in Sighthill for children and young people because they played there during the early part of the tournament.

The impact of the programme in the area has been ‘massive’ with police estimating that crime and fear of crime has been cut by more than one third.