Active 2014

360 pupils get a taste of 6 different activities

HUNDREDS of active youngsters took part in a Commonwealth Sports Day.

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  • Coach Steven Struthers puts Melissa Wright, 14,  from Stonelaw High through her paces
    Coach Steven Struthers puts Melissa Wright, 14, from Stonelaw High through her paces
  • Coach Steven Struthers puts Melissa Wright, 14, from Stonelaw High through her paces
  • Coach Steven Struthers puts Melissa Wright, 14, from Stonelaw High through her paces
  • Coach Steven Struthers puts Melissa Wright, 14, from Stonelaw High through her paces
  • Coach Steven Struthers puts Melissa Wright, 14, from Stonelaw High through her paces

A total of 360 sporty pupils tried out six sports in the Emirates Arena.

Representatives from Glasgow Warriors, Judo Scotland, Netball Scotland and the Glasgow Rocks joined staff from Clyde Gateway, which organised the event, and the physical education departments of both schools.

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

Additionally, 45 pupils from Stonelaw and Trinity High Schools in Rutherglen were selected to take part in one-hour cycling sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The whole event ties in with the Evening Times Active 2014 campaign, a year long project to to get people moving and improving the health and well being of all.

With our partners, Glasgow Life and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde we want to build a lasting legacy in the year the city hosts the Commonwealtth Games.

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 were 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 was 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."

The sports day was the final event of the Clyde Gateway Commonwealth Project. The 12-month partnership with South Lanarkshire Education Resources and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd has given pupils different ways to learn about Commonwealth guiding principles such as equality, respect and tolerance.

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

She said: "We have incorporated a wide range of activities for the children, from preparing foods of the world to encouraging healthy living."

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 planned the activity rotas for the sports day, designed leaflets, contacted local businesses to gain prize-giving support and helped promote the event in school.

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Tips to help you keep active from the Glasgow Club

  • Be realistic about what you want to achieve
  • Build up the intensity and frequency of your activity sessions gradually
  • Find an activity which you enjoy
  • Exercise with a friend
  • Use the stairs as often as possible
  • Make active choices as part of your daily routine
  • Get out at Lunchtime! Why not go to the shops or park at lunchtime instead of staying at work? The walk will also make you feel more awake in the afternoon