Friday, January 19, 2018

Scotstoun Upgrade

The announcement today by Glasgow Life regarding the upgrade for Scotstoun Stadium was welcomed by the SRU, Glasgow Warriors, Scottish Athletics, Glasgow Life and Sport Scotland.  Their comments are available through this link to the Herald article.

Victoria Park City Of Glasgow are greatly relieved that the long term future of the Stadium and our Club has been settled. 

When we returned in 2010 to the newly reopened stadium that has been our home since 1930 we entered an exceptional facility with the ability to bring out the best in everyone competing there.

The stadium will still be able to host track and field athletic competition although the throws events will be held away from the infield to protect the new synthetic rugby pitch.

The facility will however be a better training venue than it was previously with access to the infield for younger athletes to engage in run, jump and throw activity which will enhance their experience and reduce the congestion on the outside track.

The training field next to Danes Drive will be developed as a competition and training area for all of the throwing disciplines.  The throwing cage will be re-sited, a full length javelin runway will be added and three shot circles placed on the perimeter.  Access will also be created for athletes in wheelchairs.

We've received assurance from Glasgow Life that the infield will not be let for team sports on any of our four training nights and that the stadium will once again be used for athletic competitions during the summer months.

The management at Scotstoun have introduced a new pricing policy which hopefully will lead to a rise in bookings for Championships and League matches going forward.  Of the 23 league matches our athletes competed in last year, only two were held in Glasgow.  Glasgow Life have accepted that this situation has to improve and we believe that with their support, the future is much brighter.

We're grateful to the other stakeholders involved in the discussions for recognising our interest and for including the club in the planning.  We hope that the good relations engendered during these discussions will prove to be permanent.

The continuation of athletics at Scotstoun might not have been in any immediate danger but that may be down to the success of our volunteers, sponsors, coaches, team managers, committee members and officials who have made the club the success it is with over 500 active members.  By adding two extra training nights, introducing a disability section, organising run jump and throw after school sessions and offering holiday camps to non-members the club is thriving and making it difficult to be ignored.

Hopefully the disruption during the upgrade will not have too great an impact on our training sessions and normal service will be resumed in the near future.

Gordon Innes



Summer Holiday Athletic Camps 2016

Summer Holiday Athletic Camps - Run, Jump & Throw Sessions

VP-Glasgow will be hosting 5 weeks of athletics training for children aged 5 to 13 years.

The camps will be held over the Summer break at Scotstoun Stadium.

The first week of the camp will be from Monday the 11th till Friday the 15th of July and the last week of the camp will be from Monday the 8th till Friday the 12th of August.

The sessions begin each day at 10am and finish at 2pm with a short break for lunch.  (athletes will need to bring their own food and refreshments)

The cost for the five days of each Camp will be £40.  The cost of attending individual days is £13.

You can book your child onto the camps by following this link.

The Run, Jump & Throw Club (RJT) is a programme designed to give children an opportunity to discover and participate in Athletics activities all year round.

The RJT is tailored to suit children of all skill levels from beginners and less experienced youngsters up to those who have already taken part in introductory athletics programmes, holiday courses or local junior competitions.

The RJT programme offers children a wide variety of Athletics events and techniques, and focuses on the FUNdamental movement skills, important in every child's development.

Events covered include:

Sprints, Hurdles, Shot putt, Javelin, Discus, Long jump, High jump, Relay Races and Endurance

Who is it for?

Children aged from 5 to 13 years who want to have fun, participate, make friends, and learn new and exciting skills.

What do I need to get started?

Just a pair of trainers, a bottle of water and clothing suitable for exercise.

Please book early as places are limited.

Follow this link for bookings.


New Recruits

Three of our new members stopped off at Scotstoun to meet up with their new team mates on Tuesday the 4th of May. 

Ibraim Abdelhafiz aged 26, Afwerki Haile aged 21 and Aman Zeru aged 29 are all from Eritrea and are currently training at Glasgow Green and Crownpoint.  They’re coached by our Club President Graham Smith who did the introductions.

The Club was able to gift the athletes, 3 training tops each, club shorts and club running vests.

We hope they settle into their new home and go on to represent the Club in the near future.

In the picture, standing left to right, we have Ibraim, Graham, Afwerki and Aman.


Alastair Thomson

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing on Tuesday 8th March of Alastair Thomson after a recent illness.

Alastair had been a member of VP-Glasgow since 2007 when Victoria Park AAC merged with City of Glasgow AC, where Alastair became interested in athletics due to his daughter, Karen’s involvement in competition.  This then spurred him on to become an Official whose speciality was as a Starter and Marksman, becoming a “well-kent” face on tracks throughout Scotland and the UK.

He officiated at all levels of athletics as diverse as  - Open Graded, School Games, Diamond League matches, Anniversary Games, Island Games, Shetland  and all of the Scottish league athletic matches.  He was also a volunteer Gamesmaker at the 2012 London Olympics and Starter at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  He also, for several years, organised the CSSAL matches with meticulous efficiency and attention to detail.  And all done with his typical positivity and enthusiasm.

Alastair was a keen Bowler and Golfer and a talented artist.  It’s a mystery how he managed to fit in his many holidays and cruises which delighted him so much!

As an Official, Alastair had been serving on the Discipline’s Peer Group, his second such appointment, where his “judgement, technical excellence, friendship and humour was greatly valued and will be sorely missed.”

Alastair was very well liked and hugely respected by his peers, athletes and fellow VP-Glasgow members and athletics will be much poorer for his passing.

VP-Glasgow Committee and members wish to offer our condolences to Alastair’s wife, Shona, daughter Karen and son Ross and to his many friends and colleagues.

Alastair’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 16 March at 1pm at Linn Crematorium, Lainshaw Drive, Glasgow G45 9SP.

Thereafter, all are welcome to attend at East Renfrewshire Golf Club, Pilmuir, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 6RT


Linda Innes