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TWO projects run in North Glasgow by ng homes aimed at inspiring people to take up sport and a career in event management have been awarded Commonwealth Games Legacy status by Glasgow City Council.

 

The ng sports legacy project is connecting residents in the north of the city with the ongoing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy initiatives.  Sports Co-ordinator Greg Cann has been organising a range of free sporting activities for people of all ages including Table Tennis, Athletics, Gymnastics, Football and Cycling and this included taking a group of young people from North Glasgow on a trip to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

 

 

The project’s specific aim is to increase partcipation in sport and improve health and wellbeing in the community. The ng sports legacy

project is the first of its kind in the city. The Winning Scotland Foundation are key partners in the project along with Glasgow Life and

Glasgow City Council.

 

The Event Management Training and Volunteering Programme is another project which has gained legacy status and is run by ng homes

Events Co-ordinator Arlene Rush.  It’s aimed at encouraging young people from schools in North Glasgow to take up a career in

Events Management whilst also shining a light on the opportunities available through volunteering at the Glasgow 2014

Commonwealth Games and beyond.

 

 

Chief Executive of ng homes Robert Tamburrini, said: “We are delighted that we have not one but two projects in the North of

Glasgow deemed worthy of Commonwealth Games Legacy status.  These projects provide exciting opportunities for individuals and

communities within North Glasgow to engage in sport and pursue a career in event management.”

 

Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, Councillor Archie Graham said: “The Commonwealth Games

will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow and projects like these will make a real difference to communities in the north of the city.

These projects have a specific aim of getting more local people involved in sporting activities and leading healthier lives - that will be a real

legacy of the Games.”

 

ng homes Chairperson John Fury said: “We look forward to making a real difference especially with so much good work already

being done in the area and with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner.

 

To find out more about ng sports legacy contact Greg Cann on 0141 630 4254 or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ngsportslegacy

 

To find out more about Events Management and Volunteering contact Arlene Rush on 0141 560 6000 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To find out more about volunteering for Glasgow 2014 visit: www.glasgow2014.com/join/volunteering

 

ng2 Win Award as Young People in North Glasgow Say Yes To Jobs

 

A Social Enterprise Company that employs local people in North Glasgow has won a national award for Best Practice in Community Regeneration in the YESS to Jobs category at the SURF Awards 2012.

 

ng2, based in Springburn was setup in 2010 with eight employees and contracts to the value of £140,000 and this year appointed its 50th member of staff and is heading for a turnover in excess of £1.3M.

 

Each year, the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF) and the Scottish Government present SURF Awards to regeneration projects that are independently judged to be making a real difference in disadvantaged communities across Scotland.

 

The winning projects were announced at a presentation dinner in Glasgow on Wednesday 12th December where they were presented with SURF Award certificates by the Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay MSP. 

 

Speaking at the event the Minister said:  “These awards are a great example of empowered communities working together to meet the challenges they face. This type of community-led regeneration delivers long term sustainable change in disadvantaged communities. I congratulate all SURF Awards participants."

 

Making a Difference: ng2 staff Martin Bird, Martin Baker, Brian McGeough, Pat Bradley and Brad Doyle are congratulated by Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay MSP

 

ng2 is a subsidiary of ng homes and provides training and employment opportunities for local people and a range of services including estate management for customers of ng homes and the wider North Glasgow community.

 

Chairperson of ng homes John Fury said: I’m absolutely thrilled that ng2 have won this award, it’s a major achievement – thanks must go to John Devine, our Head of Regeneration and ng homes CEO Robert Tamburrini who conceived the idea of creating a social enterprise in North Glasgow.  Pat Bradley must also take great credit for steering the company from 8 employees to 50 employees in just two years.”

 

Ronnie Rodden, Chairperson of ng2 said:  It’s great that ng2 and the staff team have been recognised with this award. Everyone has worked so hard to make ng2 a success and I’m sure ng2 will continue to deliver quality services and grow and develop in the years to come”

 

On stage to collect the award were four young men who started as trainees 2 years ago and along the way have learned new skills and gained full time employment thanks to ng2 and its partners.

 

Martin Baker, 22, an ng2 Estate Operative said: “I’m really pleased that ng2 has won this SURF award. I had been unemployed for some time after leaving school and was finding it difficult to get a job but my life has been transformed through working with ng2. As a result I believe I’m doing something worthwhile and my confidence is much higher now.”

 

Since its formation ng2 has worked with a range of partners who have played a key role in their success including The Scottish Government, City Building Skills Academy, Glasgow City Council Land and Environmental Services, SCVO, The WISE Group, Celtic Football Club and Glasgow Regeneration Agency.

 

Also shortlisted in the YESS to Jobs (Youth Employment Skills Service) category were the Scotland-wide Creative Pathways Programme and DEAP Ltd based in Dundee.

      

 YOUNG CYCLISTS FROM NORTH GLASGOW VISIT SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME AS THOUSANDS GET ON THEIR BIKES

 

Scotland’s only world-class indoor cycling facility – the stunning Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow – has got off to a racing start with thousands of people riding the boards since it opened in October.

 

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the £113 million Emirates Arena has already played host to a number of major events including last weekend’s sell out UCI Track Cycling World Cup. As well as staging international events, the state-of-the-art venue, which will host the track cycling events during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is also open to local people.

 

And in the seven weeks since Britain's greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, became the first person to ride the venue named in his honour, attendances by the public have now topped 4,000. Demand has been so high that track sessions are almost fully booked till Christmas, with very limited availability. For further information on sessions customers are asked to check www.emiratesarena.co.uk or telephone 0141 287 7000.

 

And while some of the world’s top cyclists have graced the boards it was a group of school children from north Glasgow who marked the 4,000th visit as part of a Commonwealth Games legacy project being delivered by Glasgow Life, ng homes and the Winning Scotland Foundation.

 

The North Glasgow Sports Legacy Project will connect residents in the north of the city with the ongoing Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy initiatives. A Sports Co-ordinator has been appointed to drive the project forward with the specific aim of increasing participation in sport and improving health and wellbeing. The project is the first of its kind in the city.

 

Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome was built for the people of Glasgow and since opening the response from experienced track cyclists to those wishing to give the sport a try for the first time has been nothing short of incredible.

 

“The velodrome will of course be home to many world-class sporting events, not least the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. We are determined to make sure that the Games leave a lasting legacy for communities across the city and projects such as this, which are helping to increase participation, are doing just that.

 

“It was fantastic to see young people from the north of the city riding on the very same boards as some of the world’s greatest cyclists including our very own Olympic gold medal winners Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott. We want this venue to inspire the next generation of cyclists.”

 

Chief Executive of ng homes, Robert Tamburrini, said: “The London 2012 Olympic Games showed just how inspirational sport can be. For young people in our area to be given the chance to cycle on the same track that Sir Chris Hoy himself rode on just a few weeks back is very special.

 

“The partnership behind the North Glasgow Sports Legacy Project is creating additional opportunities for residents in the north of the city. We want to see people of all ages become more involved in sport and opening up world-class facilities such as the velodrome to the public will help do that. Glasgow is leading the way in this regard.”

 

Glasgow City Council announced in 2008 that the velodrome would be named after Sir Chris Hoy following his outstanding performances at the Beijing Olympic Games that year. Construction of the venue commenced in January 2010, with the internationally renowned designer Ralf Schuermann starting work to build the velodrome track in March this year.

 

Schuermann is regarded as one of the world’s top velodrome designers. To date he has built over 140 velodromes including the 2008 Olympic Games cycling venue in Beijing. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is his latest creation. It has a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators, which can be increased to around 3,700 seats during major events. 

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Built on a 10.5 hectare site next the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Celtic Park, the Emirates Arena is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe and is already home to a world-class sporting events programme. In its first four months of operation the Emirates Arena will play host to no fewer than eight Scottish, European or World level sporting events

 

Further information on the Emirates Arena and events being held there can be found at www.emiratesarena.co.uk 

 

Entrepreneur Receives Cash Award to Tackle Re-offending


THANKS to a £4,468 award, Patrick Clark can take forward Open Gates, an employability initiative for prisoners and ex-offenders in Possilpark. Funding comes from the Millennium Awards Trust delivered by support organisations Scotland UnLtd, Firstport and ng homes

 

Open Gates  will support prisoners and ex-prisoners through an employment and training programme with the aim of reducing re-offending and stopping the revolving door back into prison.  Individuals who have managed to break the cycle will use their experience to mentor and support other offenders to do the same. Operating as a social enterprise, the organisation will manufacture, recycle, and upcycle furniture and white goods and sell to the general public. 

Patrick has firsthand experience on the struggles of breaking the re-offending cycle.  After turning his life around, he set up successful sandwich businesses, eventually employing over 70 staff. His new venture will see him working with a team of volunteers who are helping to set up the enterprise.  Many of the volunteers are ex-prisoners or have an interest in supporting offenders.

On receiving the award Patrick said "As a new social enterprise we found it difficult to get on the first rungs of funding. Scotland UnLtd listened to our aims and goals, their advice and understanding in what we are doing was invaluable. The grant itself not only helps us to move our project along, but it also gives our team of volunteers a boost and has encouraged us to move forward quickly to the next step. I would like to add that Scotland UnLtd have offered their expertise as we move forward, they have a team that cares".

 


Thomas McAlister, Award Manager of Scotland UnLtd, said: “Pat’s idea is a fantastic example of how our awards programme can help individuals who want to tackle society’s most pressing issues.  Overcrowding in prisons is a real concern and the Government recently highlighted the importance of reducing re-offending and supporting prisoners’ rehabilitation. Pat’s idea could not be more relevant and we are delighted to be able to support him.”

The award was made through a partnership initiative run in conjunction with ng homes, Scotland UnLtd, and Firstport.  The partnership is part of a strategy to encourage social entrepreneurs in North Glasgow to test out ideas that can make a big difference to people and communities.  The initiative offers access to free support and advice in addition to start up awards to help individuals turn ideas into reality.


Chairperson of ng homes John Fury said: “This is another great initiative that ng homes are supporting to help local people make a difference in our communities.”  

 

Regeneration Co-ordinator for ng homes Margaret Layden, said “We are delighted to be part of such an important initiative and we congratulate Pat on achieving this award which will support the development of this vital programme in North Glasgow.”

If you have an idea to address an issue in your community or would like further information please contact:

- Margaret Layden, Regeneration Co-ordinator at ng homes on 0141 560 6000 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Thomas McAlister, Scotland UnLtd Award Manager on 07545933798 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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