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STEVE CRAM:


INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WINNERS


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teve Cram went on from his Glasgow Talks event to a school, inspiring city schoolchildren and their teachers. Te former world champion and


Olympic medallist, as part of his role as a Clydesdale Bank Ambassador, treated students from All Saints Secondary School in Springburn to a unique training session. Developing the Young Workforce,


hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, forged the link between Clydesdale Bank and All Saints. Before coaching the younger students,


Steve delivered a motivational talk to S5 and S6 students drawing parallels between learning and sport – highlighting the importance in both of seting and achieving personal goals. He then sat down to lunch with teachers,


sharing anecdotes from his career as a world-class athlete. Te event was part of the Developing the


Young Workforce Glasgow’s (DYWG) work to increase industry links with education. DYWG is aiming to link all schools in Glasgow with at least one business partner. Increasing such links will further the overall aim of geting more young people into the world of work. Under the scheme, companies work with


schools focusing on five areas: employability, enterprise, skills and aspiration, inclusion and transition. Te partnerships aim to ensure that the


workforce of tomorrow has the right skills, behaviour and the necessary positive atitude to succeed in their future careers and improve their life chances. Businesses are engaging with schools to


actively participate in developing young people


and supporting teachers to focus on progression in learning and understanding the needs of different occupations and sectors. Other Chamber members that have already


formed partnerships with schools include STV, Scotish Water and Network Rail. Peter Holmes, Head Teacher of All Saints,


said: “Steve Cram’s visit to All Saints was a memorable day for all involved. It was a great opportunity for our young people (and not so young people) to meet a household name who has excelled in elite sport. “His ability to interact with the varied


groups and individuals he met was very impressive and made a lasting impression on us all. I am delighted that Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the Clydesdale Bank are working with our school and look forward to many more such important events.” Alex Eadie, S6 student and Senior Sports


Leader, said: “I thought the visit with Steve Cram was an amazing opportunity for our school. He was informative about his career and very interesting to listen to. “He really made me think about what


I want to get out of life and how easy it is to achieve your dreams by working hard. His talk with Sports Leaders really encouraged me to put more effort into the course.” Liam O’Hear, an S3 student who was


involved in the practical sessions said: “It was a really good experience. I learned about his early athletic life and it was good to have him as our audience during the circuit training we did. He was very helpful and encouraging during the events.” Deyrick Smith, Head of Commercial and Small Business, West of Scotland at Clydesdale


Steve Cram treated


students from All Saints Secondary School in Springburn to a unique training session


Bank, said: “It was a real honour to have a distinguished sporting figure like Steve Cram coaching and speaking to pupils at the school. “Steve has great experience over many


years, first as a top class athlete, then commentator and businessman. Hopefully he has inspired the next generation to be involved in sport.” Bailie Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council


Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning said: “It is extremely important that our young people are prepared for the world of work and we actively encourage our schools to liaise with local business partners. “Steve Cram is an inspirational figure who


will, through his successes in the world of athletics, help to motivate the young people of All Saints Secondary during his visit.” Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow


Chamber of Commerce which is hosting the first regional DYW Group, said: “We’d like to thank Steve Cram for supporting our Schools and Business programme. “Glasgow Chamber of Commerce places


a firm focus on promoting the link between education and the economy, readying the next generation of school leavers for entering the workplace. “Our overall goal is to get employers to


engage directly with secondary institutions, promoting their sector while encouraging understanding of different industries. “Developing these skill sets is extremely


important for the city’s future economic prospects which is why we actively work to ensure this initiative is rewarding and motivational for young people.”


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