Cassidy learns ropes as coach
Boxer thrives on college course
A former Durie’s boxer has helped organise a table tennis festival for more than 120 school pupils.
Cassidy Todd, 17, is part of the team of 20 students from Glasgow Clyde College who brought four primary schools together to play the sport on March 3.
Toryglen, St Mirin’s, Mount Florida and Castleton primaries were all invited to the festival where they played matches and small games involving the bats and balls.
Cassidy, who fought for Durie’s Amateur Boxing Club in Rutherglen for 18 months, organised the event as part of her HND sports coaching and development course at the college.
She said: “The course has been really good so far. It’s really helped my boxing and I’m really enjoying it.
“We’ve been working with the upper primary school pupils on their table tennis skills and brought them all together to take part in this festival.
“We took part in a three-week course, learning how to coach table tennis, and after that we did three weeks at the school. It was quite tricky to learn.
“We go into different schools to teach PE. We learn about anatomy, physiology and fitness training. The course is all geared towards coaching.”
The teenager is now a member of the Hayfield ABC in Glasgow and recently competed against her friend and Durie’s girl Vicky Glover.
“The boxing is going brilliantly,” she said. “I drew Vicky a couple of weeks ago in the Scottish Championships but I didn’t win.
“It was a good fight but she has a lot more experience than me.
“I’m really enjoying training at Hayfield with the pros, like Joe Ham who was in the Commonwealth Games.”
Cassidy has no upcoming bouts but hopes to have an arranged fight at one of the club’s home shows in the next few months.
Table tennis Cody McGhee from St Mirin’s
Over the net Edgar Mina from Castleton
Festival Toryglen pupil Layla Campbell