GCU London Club
GCU’s own widening access and community engagement initiative, the Caledonian Club, part of the university’s motto to promote the common good, has now been extended to GCU London, the GCU London Club.
The Club works with schools, children and families in the community to raise educational aspirations in young people and their families and build on key life skills and confidence in its young members.
The GCU London Club will work with a nursery, primary and secondary school in the Tower Hamlets area of London. In addition to core activities placed at key stages in the educational journey, October saw the launch of the first ambitious collaborative project – between the Caledonian Club and GCU London Club – entitled A Tale of Two Sporting Cities.
The project involves St Bartholomew’s Primary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow, and St Matthias Church of England Primary School in Tower Hamlets, London, which both share similar demographics of social deprivation.
A Tale of Two Sporting Cities will take place over the course of the academic year to raise aspirations, provide the opportunity to try out new activities and build key life skills. Using the stimulus of the London Olympics in 2012 and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 to examine the cultural and sporting legacy of London and Glasgow as host cities.
The Club is delighted to offer its pupils the opportunity to meet for cultural exchanges in London and Glasgow, visit sporting venues and take part in sport taster sessions with UK Olympic and Commonwealth athletes. Many of the pupils involved have not had the opportunity to leave their own city, and many also come from families who have no prior experience of higher education.
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