Tenth Anniversary News Items
Glasgow School of Sport opened its doors in August 1998. Seven pupils, two gymnasts and five hockey players, were the first to sign up with three additional sports following suit a year later bringing the sports compliment to five.
The Journey to Excellence so far has been action packed! (1.6 Mb)
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Ian Anderson - Head Teacher Bellahouston Academy
Angela Porter - Director
What an incredible journey: from the kernel of an idea in the minds of a few forward-thinking people to a National Centre of sporting excellence.
The Glasgow School of Sport, working alongside clubs and coaches, is proud to lead its pupils in raising aspirations and pursuing dreams. Over ninety of its pupils have represented Scotland. Exceptional pupils have competed successfully at Youth level in Commonwealth and Olympic competition.
Over 300 pupils have had the opportunity to excel in sport and education. Over 140 pupils have qualified as sports leaders and coaches. 80% of sports graduates have gone on to higher or further education and all have pursued positive career destinations.
We are not only learning from the best in the world with exchange programmes in Australia and Russia, we are leading the way with scholarships for Malawian pupils and hosting enthusiastic visitors from many European countries.
It's our tenth anniversary and we proudly celebrate our success. At the same time, we continue to raise our sights and strive to meet our challenges.
With Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the bar is raised even higher. Our pupils want to be there, competing for medals.
It is such a privilege to work with young people who are highly motivated to succeed in the competitive world of sport. Their ambition is fuelled by their dreams - and ours!
With the continued support from parents, guardians and our many partners in sport, education and business, integral to our success, the school will do its utmost to ensure that the greatest number of its pupils perform with excellence in the years to come.
A warm thank-you to the staff and coaching team for inspiring these qualities and nurturing pupils' talents. Bellahouston Academy has embraced the School of Sport in order to combine high performance sport with a quality education.
The School of Sport is generously provided by Glasgow City Council through Education Services and Culture and Sport Glasgow, with core funding from the Scottish Government. We are indebted to them for their continuing commitment and support.
Together we look forward to a bright future, building on our success in the first ten years.
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I am delighted to be able to write a few words to mark the Tenth Anniversary of The Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy. In its ten years, the School of Sport has established itself as the leading centre for school-based sport anywhere in the country. This is no idle boast – it is supported by the achievements of the young people who have gone through the programme in the course of the last ten years. We also have the best team of High Performance Coaches gathered together on one site and the overall provision for our young people is of an extremely high standard.
In my four and a half years in post as Head Teacher of Bellahouston Academy, I have been hugely impressed by the determination and commitment of our Glasgow School of Sport pupils. From an initial cohort of 9 in 1999, a total of over 130 now enjoy the facility, which offers, we think, an excellent balance between the sporting and the academic.
There has never been a better time to be associated with sport in Scotland and the prospect of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 means that there is a very real prospect that some of those youngsters currently working with us at Bellahouston Academy will go on to represent Scotland in this very city. That is a tantalising prospect and one to which we all look forward with keen anticipation.
Finally, in celebrating ten years of success, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work of the School of Sport’s Director, Angela Porter. It is due in no small measure to her immense hard work and dedication that we are able to celebrate these ten years of outstanding achievement and I look forward to the continuing development of this fantastic facility.
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John Stewart with his dogs
Sled dog racer John Stewart was the guest speaker at the Glasgow School of Sport ten year anniversary ball held on 7 March 2009. At the age of 23 John combines the adventure sport of sled dog racing with a diving career and devotes all his time and energy into preparing for his next big challenge – this time it’s the Iditarod. If you’d like to learn more about sled dog racing or mushing or support John in his bid to race the Iditarod you can do so by visiting his website www.johnfortheiditarod.com.
John explains more.
“Since the age of six years old, I have dedicated my life to sled dog mushing from junior mushing all over the world to the long distance racing of The Yukon.
Now at 23 and a commercial diver in the North Sea, I set my sights on the biggest challenge mushing has to offer, the Iditarod! Held from the city of anchorage Alaska 1000 miles through some of the toughest sled dog terrain on the planet to the isolated village of Nome (see www.iditord.com).
I am seeking sponsorship to fund my journey to compete in this prestigious event with the help of four time champion musher Doug Swingley and my parents at the Cairngorm Sled Dog Centre (see www.sled-dogs.co.uk for more information). I am well prepared for this ardous experience.
The event has worldwide recognition and media coverage and truly is the most sought after endevourment of any musher. If you are interested in sponsoring me, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Stewartsledk9@aol.com or at my personal email address firstname.lastname@example.org
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10 Year Anniversary Video (3.28 minutes - 34 Mb)
Thomas McCulloch (hockey) and Lynne Donaghy (gymnastics), two of the original seven pupils to join the Glasgow School of Sport in 1998 were present at the Anniversary Ball. Lynne who is now a fully qualified nurse working at Yorkhill Hospital and coaching the sport of gymnastics and Thomas, who is studying accountancy at the University of Strathclyde both feature on the schools celebratory video. Listen to the views of School of Sport athletes past and present and spot some familiar faces!
As part of Glasgow School of Sport's 10 year anniversary celebrations, an anniversary ball was held on 7 March 2009 at the Glasgow Marriot Hotel.
Over 400 people attended including sports pupils, past and present, and partners from the sport, education and business community. Among the guests were the universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Stirling, Cardonald College, Sportscotland, Scottish Hockey, Badmintonscotland, Scottish Gymnastics, Clydesdale Hockey Club, the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club and many parents of pupils. Founder members of the School of Sport came along to support the event including former Bellahouston Academy head teacher Dr James Cassels, Brian Porteous and Frank Clement.
Past winners of the School of Sport's annual award for Outstanding Achievement and Most Improved Performer were recognised and their achievements celebrated with the presentation of a commemorative plaque by Councillor John Finlay - Executive Member of Education and Councillor Archie Graham - Executive Member Social Care and Commonwealth Games. Margaret Doran - Executive Director of Children and Families and Jill Miller - Director of Operations Culture and Sport Glasgow were also guests at the Anniversary Ball and assisted in the presented of awards. Angela Porter, Director of the School of Sport was presented with an award for Outstanding Achievement from the coaching and staff team at the School of Sport.
Raffle Prizes Boost School Funds
Many individuals and companies donated top quality raffle prizes and the School of Sport are extremely grateful to them for their generosity. A list of companies and the lucky prize winners are shown below. Almost £1700 was raised.
|1||1 year prize membership for the Glasgow Club - Unlimited use of the gym, fitness classes, swimming, sauna and steam room at any Glasgow Club facility||Glasgow Club||Mrs Helen Aird|
|2||1 night bed & breakfast for 2 guests at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel||Glasgow Marriott Hotel||George Steele|
|3||Champagne and wine trio||Glasgow Newsagents & Grocers||Sharon Carslaw|
|4||Yonex Armortec 900 technique badminton racquet||Yonex (UK) Ltd||Gwen Cumberlidge|
|5||Digital Camera – Canon IXUS 85||Simply Office Services (James Glasgow)||Keith Joss|
|6||Complimentary dinner, bed and breakfast at the Watermill Hotel||The Watermill Hotel, Paisley||Billy Garrett|
|7||The Glenlivet 12 year single malt scotch whisky||Turner Diesel||Kate Johnston|
|8||Dita Terramax 7 Hockey stick||Dita (Uk) Ltd||Ruth Maclean|
|9||Glasgow 2014 Candidate City Whyte & Mackay "Special" Blended Scotch Whisky signed by six of Scotland's 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalists||Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland||K Kenny|
|10||Complimentary dinner, bed and breakfast at the Lochside House Hotel based on two sharing||Lochside House Hotel||Libby Hamilton|
|11||Champagne and wine trio||Glasgow Newsagents & Grocers||Robert Hamilton|
|12||Swimmers goodie bag||Wright Sports||Sarah Hodge|
|13||Ticket for a family of four to the Dr Who exhibition||Culture and Sport Glasgow||Stevie Bain|
|14||Gift voucher for a complete dietary assessment||Oarsome Sport and Fitness||Stevie Bain|
|15||The Glenlivet 12 year single malt scotch whisky||Turner Diesel (Alan Watson)||Chris Sweeney|
|16||Milano leotard and tracksuit – your choice!||Milano Pro-Sport||Loraine Henderson|
|17||Moet and Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne||University of Stirling||Robert Hammond|
|18||Gift voucher for a Body Composition Assessment||Oarsome Sport and Fitness||Rhona Stewart|
|19||£50 gift voucher for The Trophy Centre||The Trophy Centre||Ronnie Peterson|
|20||Bottle of Gordon's gin||T & D Refrigeration||Raymond Cavanagh|
|21||Champagne and wine trio||Glasgow Newsagents & Grocers||Helen Martin|
|22||The Glenlivet 12 year single malt scotch whisky||Chivas Brothers||Janice Morgan|
|23||Wine duo||Chivas Brothers||Mr Roy|
|24||Mini lap top – HP 2133 VC7M||John Rome Services||Richard Stalker|
|25||Veuve clicquot ponsardin champagne||T & D Refrigeration||Richard Smith|