Glasgow college launches appeal for new sports facilities

A computer-generated image of the new sports facilities
A computer-generated image of the new sports facilities

St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow has launched a major fundraising appeal to help build and equip a brand new Sports Facility. The ‘Be Our Sporting Heroes’ appeal is the Jesuit college’s first in 20 years and it would enable to replace its current facilities with resources more appropriate for current needs – and for the future.

Head Master John Browne describes the project as “a bit of a leap of faith” but says he is confident their supporters will help to bring it to fruition. “We have a lot of money in place but we don’t have it all,” he explains. “I’m asking for the help of the Aloysian Community to make this dream a reality after 20 years."

Mr Browne believes this is the ideal time for the College to introduce an on-campus facility: “When I came to the College it was obvious that this needed to be the next step. Not only for the opportunities it will provide for our young people but also for the space it will provide in the school afterwards, the opportunities to move things around and create better facilities.”

Balancing sport and academic lives

The ‘Be Our Sporting Heroes’ appeal is being accompanied by an online video, which opens with a reflective look back at the rich history of sport at St Aloysius’ College before turning to the future, showing what the pupils themselves think the development could mean for life at the Glasgow college.

“Having the sport facilities right next to the school will make it a lot easier for the pupils to manage their studies and their fitness training,” Alice Solerod of S5 says, adding that pupils will find it much easier to balance their academic and sporting lives thanks to the time they will save from staying on campus for sport. Hannah Smith of S2 also talks excitedly about how the new Sports Facility will have a dance hall, a strength and conditioning area and a full sized basketball court, alongside a spin area and multi-gym, changing rooms, a spectator gallery and a café.

Former pupils (known as Old Aloysians) add their voices to the video appeal as well. Emma Canning, who has recently been selected for Team GB, reflects on the benefits sports can have in your wider life, explaining how the confidence she gained from sport helped her achieve her goals in academics: “In my subjects I felt that if I wanted to do something I was going to do it and I feel like that stemmed from sport”.