London trip for Caledonian Club pupils

26 January 2012

The project brings together Glasgow and London schools

The project brings together Glasgow and London schools

More than 30 primary school pupils from Glasgow will visit London for the first time as part of The Caledonian Club’s A Tale of Two Sporting Cities project.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will wave off the children from Central Station, to mark the beginning of the first of two cultural exchange trips the pupils will take part in.

A Tale of Two Sporting Cities aims to link up the host cities of this year’s Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Glasgow children will join pupils from St Matthias’ Primary School in London’s Tower Hamlets during the six-day cultural exchange, and will socialise together before joining forces to work with some of the world class Olympic athletes who will be competing in this summer’s Games. Drama workshops, a sporting participation session, a design challenge and a visit to the Olympic Park will complete the exciting itinerary. 

Work has already begun in both participating schools, with pupils in each city working on a shared project to design and create a digital E-Book centred on the London Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth Games respectively.  The books have been written and designed by the pupils, and both digital and print versions will be produced in-house at GCU. 

The London 2012 Inspire programme -which recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games- has already granted the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ project its Inspire mark.

Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Lord Sebastian Coe has already lauded the project. He said it helped to ensure the Game’s legacy by “enabling people in London and Glasgow to make positive life changes”

With GCU’s main city centre Glasgow campus, and GCU London in Spitalfields which opened in 2010, the University is uniquely placed to make best use of the sporting opportunities and links offered by both major competitions being held in the UK only two years apart. 

Operating out of both cities, GCU’s Caledonian Club works with nursery, primary and secondary pupils, as well as their families, to widen participation and access to higher education, build key life skills, and raise educational aspirations throughout their communities.

The Tale of Two Cities project will continue until the end of the 2012 term and will culminate in a celebration showcase, where pupils will exhibit the work they have created and present their experience of the project to representatives of GCU, members of the Olympic Park Legacy Committee, parents and other invited guests.