XL-ent pupils at Bishopbriggs Academy up for classy award

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A BISHOPBRIGGS Academy project has been shortlisted for a Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Award.

The school’s S4 xl club has been shortlisted in the Community Impact category, sponsored by Scotmid Co-operative.

Councillor Eric Gotts, East Dunbartonshire Council’s convener of education said: “This is a great achievement for the young people of Bishopbriggs Academy to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award.

“I recognise the amount of hard work and dedication each of them has given to this project and wish them well in for the future.”

As part of their community project, 10 young people taking part in The Prince’s Trust xl programme at Bishopbriggs Academy chose to work with Campsie View, a local school for children and young people with a range of additional support needs.

Delivering a range of sessions with activities such as singing and team games, the project proved beneficial for all the young people involved, with pupils from both schools working together, developing their social, communication and team-working skills.

Malcolm Brown, head of corporate communications at Scotmid, said: “As a retailer who prides themselves at being at the heart of the community it is particularly appropriate that we are the sponsor of the Community Impact Award.

“We were impressed by the overall standard of the finalists and the impact that they all had across a wide variety of communities.”

Heather Gray, director of The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “Each of the shortlisted young people should be immensely proud of their achievements.

“Many have overcome very significant barriers, but are now in a position where they can look forward to a fulfilling and happy future.

“They are all excellent examples of how outstanding young people can be given the right support and opportunity, and are a reminder of just how crucial it is that we invest and nurture Scotland’s young talent.

“I’d like to congratulate each of them on getting this far and I look forward to celebrating with them at the event.”

The young people from Bishopbriggs Academy have been shortlisted alongside two other community projects for the coveted award.

The group (pictured) are due to attend the Celebrate Success event at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel today (Wednesday), where Clyde 1 FM presenter Gavin Pearson will host the event and a number of Scottish radio, television and sporting stars will be on hand to present the awards.

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