Ham­p­den re­ward for foot­ball cam­paign­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Douglas Dickie

Pu p i l s f rom two Cam­bus­lang schools who are lead­ers in break­ing down bar­ri­ers have graced the hal­lowed turf at Ham­p­den.

Cairns and St Cadoc’s pri­maries have pre­vi­ously been recog­nised for their work with anti- sec­tar­ian cam­paign­ers Nil by Mouth.

And they teamed up again at the na­tional sta­dium as part of the char­ity’s Cham­pi­ons for Change ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme.

Over the last few months P6-7 pupils from both schools have taken part in a range of ed­u­ca­tional work­shops, sports ac­tiv­i­ties, as­sem­blies and even put to­gether a com­bined Cham­pi­ons for Change choir to per­form across South La­nark­shire.

Pupils also en­joy weekly foot­ball ses­sions to­gether and the schools co­or­di­nate their anti-sec­tar­i­an­ism mes­sage across the cur­ricu­lum.

In recog­ni­tion of all this the Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust spon­sored buses and a spe­cial be­hind- the-scenes tour of Ham­p­den Park for the pupils, cul­mi­nat­ing with the op­por­tu­nity to walk out on to the pitch the day af­ter Scot­land’s vic­tory over Slove­nia in a cru­cial World Cup qual­i­fier last month.

Nil by Mouth cam­paign di­rec­tor Dave Scott said: “It’s been an ab­so­lute joy to be work­ing with Cairns and St Cadoc’s over the last few years.

“The schools hav e de­vel­oped such a strong part­ner­ship and we have seen many firm friend­ships be­ing formed by pupils and staff from dif­fer­ent schools and back­grounds.

“We are de­lighted that the Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust also sees the great value in this work and are very grate­ful for their spon­sor­ship.

“Par­ents will be in­vited to a spe­cial show­case later this month to learn more about this part­ner­ship and the schools are al­ready mak­ing plans for more work next year.”

On the pitch Pupils from Cairns and St Cadoc’s

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