Caledonian Club project wins London 2012 award

21 February 2012

Jonathan Edwards with Eleanor Wilson of Caledonian Club and Sir Craig Reedie

Jonathan Edwards with Eleanor Wilson of Caledonian Club and Sir Craig Reedie

A Tale of Two Sporting Cities, a project created by the Caledonian Club, has been awarded the Inspire Mark by the former Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and European champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards.

Jonathan was joined in at the ceremony in Edinburgh by Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison, and Sir Craig Reedie of the International Olympic Committee in recognition of the outstanding work by the 94 projects awarded 2012 Inspire Mark in Scotland.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The project, developed by the Glasgow and London branches of the Caledonian Club, gives young people in Glasgow - host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 - and London the chance to visit sports venues and take part in taster sessions with UK athletes throughout the coming academic year. A Tale of Two Sporting Cities was launched at GCU London in November 2011, attended by HRH Princess Anne.

Jonathan Edwards said: “With us now on the final stretch towards The Games, it is great to see the energy and enthusiasm among the people of Scotland, especially in projects like A Tale of Two Sporting Cities that have been awarded the Inspire mark. This will undoubtedly leave a strong foundation on which Glasgow 2014 can build and help leave a lasting legacy for Scotland.” 

Ms Robison added:  “As well as delivering an outstanding Commonwealth Games in 2014, we as a government are determined to leave a lasting legacy from both the 2012 and 2014 Games. Programmes such as Inspire will do just this, ensuring everyone right across Scotland has the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey and I congratulate all of those who have been recognised with this award.”

A Tale of Two Cities involves St Bartholomew’s Primary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow, and St Matthias Church of England Primary School in Tower Hamlets, London. The project will continue throughout the academic year to raise aspirations, provide the opportunity to try out new activities and build key life skills, using the stimulus of the London Olympics in 2012 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 to examine the cultural and sporting legacy of London and Glasgow as host cities.

The Caledonian Club offers its pupils the opportunity to meet for cultural exchanges in London and Glasgow, visit sporting venues and take part in sport taster sessions with UK Olympic and Commonwealth athletes. Many of the pupils involved have not had the opportunity to leave their own city, and many also come from families who have no prior experience of higher education.