Glasgow Airport helps local school focus on fitness
08 October 2012
A Glasgow primary school is set to improve the prospects of its pupils through sport and physical activity thanks to Glasgow Airport.
Camstradden Primary School in Drumchapel has received a £1,000 donation from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, and plan to use it to purchase fitness equipment for its pupils.
The school’s catchment area suffers from a range of social problems but the school hopes that by providing a fitness area with a range of gym equipment for pupils, they will take a more active interest in sport and physical activity.
Head Teacher Margaret Coyle explains: “We have already seen the impact that sport and physical activity can have on the development of some of our more vulnerable children. They do not only benefit physically, but also through increased confidence and self esteem.
“Children who have taken part in physical activity pay more attention in class and they appear to be more settled because it is a good way to vent irritation and frustration.”
The school plans to make the fitness area available for all of its pupils, but will focus strongly on those it considers particularly vulnerable, and which will benefit most from participating.
Chris Tames, head of IT at Glasgow Airport, said: “As a responsible employer which takes the development of our people very seriously, Glasgow Airport promotes health and fitness through a range of initiatives.
“We are therefore delighted to support Camstradden Primary School through our FlightPath Fund as it is being proactive about improving the physical and emotional health of its pupils.”
The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in the airport’s success.
It is drawn from three separate revenue streams – the BAA Communities Trust, charity collection boxes in the terminal, and a donation from Glasgow Airport based on annual performance.
In 2011 the FlightPath Fund distributed more than £170,000 to 62 organisations, its most successful year yet.