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Steve Cram visits All Saints pupils

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Steve Cram CBE was a guest of the Chamber last week, speaking at a Glasgow Talks event and inspiring local schoolchildren and their teachers. 

Steve delivered a talk about the link between sport and business to a packed audience at 200 St Vincent Street (SVS). 

He then went on to a local secondary school as part of his role as Clydesdale Bank Ambassador. 

Pupils from S1-S6 at All Saint’s Secondary School, Springburn received a special training session where they also heard some of Steve’s top tips from his own sporting successes. 

Before coaching the pupils, Steve delivered a motivational talk to S5 and S6 students about drawing parallels between learning and sport - highlighting the importance of setting and achieving personal goals. 

Steve then sat down for lunch with teachers at the school and spoke about his experience as a world class athlete, sharing tales from his famed career. 

The event was organised jointly by 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 spoke at a Glasgow Talks event in 200 SVS, 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 CBE, is an ambassador of Clydesdale Bank. 

Deyrick Smith, Head of Commercial and Small Business, West of Scotland at Clydesdale 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.” 

Steve Cram is regarded as one of the finest middle distance runners of all time, setting world records throughout the 1980s and winning silver over 1500m at the 1984 Olympics. His winning 800m time at the 1986 Commonwealth Games still stands as a Games record.