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Caledonian Club pupils travel to London as part of Tale of Two Sporting Cities

03 April 2012

Pupils two sporting cities

Pupils two sporting cities

Thirty two pupils from St Bartholomew’s Primary, Castlemilk, travelled to London last week as part of the Caledonian Club’s Tale of Two Sporting Cities project, accompanied by four teachers, eight student mentors and Eleanor Wilson and Deborah Hunter of the Caledonian Club.

The trip allowed the children to meet up with and take part in a range of activities with 23 pupils from St Matthias Church of England School in London.

The jam-packed five days included sports sessions with Team GB gymnasts, hockey players and fencers, drama workshops, a tour of the Olympic Park, a project to design souvenirs for the Commonwealth Games, a trip to see hit West End musical Shrek and a talent show at GCU London.
“The project was built upon the foundations of the values of the Olympics – friendship, excellence and respect,” said Eleanor, Head of the Caledonian Club.

“The London trip was an opportunity for the children from both schools to meet for the first time. After initial nerves and shyness wore off, they all had a ball and worked well together on the various projects surrounding the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.”
The children worked with Caledonian Club artist-in-residence Lesley Afuakwah and James Wylie, a current Masters student on the Design and Practice Management Programme, on the souvenir design project, as well as student mentors from across the university.
Strong bonds of friendship are now being established between the Glasgow and London children, who will meet up again in June when the St Matthias School pupils make the trip to GCU to continue their work on a Tale of Two Sporting Cities, which was recently awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark.

The Tale of Two Cities 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 is Glasgow Caledonian University’s widening participation and community engagement initiative. As part of the university’s mission to promote the common good, the Caledonian Club works with schools, children and families in the community to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families, build key life skills and confidence in Club members and GCU student mentors, and measure the impact of Club interventions to understand what really makes a difference.