Cas­sidy learns ropes as coach

Boxer thrives on col­lege course

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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