Motivational speech from runner

Olympic hero Cram inspires pupils

Steve Cram

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Steve Cram, spent a day inspiring schoolchildren and their teachers with a motivational speech on achieving personal goals.

Students at All Saint’s Secondary School, Springburn, Glasgow, received a special training session where they also heard some of the runner’s top tips from his own sporting successes.

The event was organised jointly by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Clydesdale Bank.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is hosting Scotland’s first Developing the Young Workforce group. Its priorities include increasing industry links with education and getting more young people into work. Part of this work encompasses linking secondary schools in Glasgow with a lead business partner.

Companies work with schools to focus five key areas: employability; enterprise; skills and aspirations; inclusion and transition.

The ‘Schools and Business Partnerships’ are designed to ensure tomorrow’s workforce has the right skills, behaviours and positive attitudes needed to succeed in their careers, improve their life chances and enjoy a prosperous future.

Employers will engage 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 industries.

Other businesses which have formed partnerships with secondary schools across Glasgow include The Edrington Group, Scottish Water and Network Rail.

Earlier in the day Steve, now a BBC commentator, spoke at an event organised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce for the city’s business community.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 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 directly engage with secondary institution, 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.”

Steve Cram is an ambassador for Clydesdale Bank.

Deyrick Smith, a head of small business at Clydesdale Bank, said: “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.”

Steve Cram set world records throughout the 1980s and won silver over 1500m at the 1984 Olympics. His winning 800m time at the 1986 Commonwealth Games still stands as a Games record.


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