Bridges & Barriers - City-Wide School Football Festival


Our 2017-2018 end of project B&B Festival took place on Thursday 22nd March 2018 and was hailed a huge success by all involved.  14 out of the 30 partner schools (46%) participated in the B&B Football Festival. However, the enthusiasm with which the schools, pupils and Active Schools Coordinators (ASC) brought to the event was very encouraging. 83 pupils in total attended which saw 26 Girls and 57 Boys take part. Our percentage of girls involved in the project increased from 8% at the start to 40% towards the end. We hope to increase this further in the future to reach a more diverse school demographic to pass on the message of anti-sectarianism awareness.

We aim to have a higher percentage of schools at the festival next time and to make it an annual event on all ASC and school calendars. As we didn’t know how many schools would sign up for the project we didn’t know how many schools we were able to include until the end of January once we got our last schools signed up.  This makes the achievement of engaging with the pupils, schools and ASC with the B&B project stand out more as it is the biggest B&B Festival we have ever held. 


We have successfully developed trust and communication with the Glasgow Active Schools (AS) team (NW, NE & S) which is the main reason for the project achieving a city-wide approach. These new schools and AS Coordinators have never worked with us before and have been getting to know us and the project as it progressed. We thank them for their great efforts and can look forward to more support to help us expand the project.

Alongside the partnership success of working closely with Active Schools Glasgow and PEPASS we also must acknowledge that NKSDG have now organised our biggest B&B Festival yet. As many schools as possible attended and the event was a positive experience for all involved. Many schools struggled due to short staffing issues but those that attended were very enthusiastic to play football with other pupils from other schools in the project.

The schools represented at the Festival were: St Charles (played with Oakgrove pupils); St Marys (played with Sandaig pupils) ; Bankhead; St Rochs & Royston; Whiteinch & St Paul’s; Riverside & St Saviours; Avenue End (played with Royston pupils); 2 teams from St Josephs & Oakgrove; Sandaig; and St Francis of Assisi.


You can read Twitter posts and more from the Festival below:

“Brilliant morning of football at the Bridges & Barriers Anti sectarian event. @RiversideGovan @StSavioursGovan #Teamwork. Thanks to Andy and his team” (@activeschoolsAD)

See below for tweet from St Francis of Assisi following the B&B Festival at their School Assembly:

“At assembly we celebrated our #Bridges&Barriers footballers who were recently awarded their fair play award! We are so proud of our footballers! Thank you for a fantastic festival” (@sfaosport)

All the pupils from St Rochs & Royston & Avenue End got on very well with each other and contributed well in their sessions as well as really going the extra mile at the B&B Festival.  Their ASC was a great help to us and to the pupils and schools with Fraser driving the minibus and transporting the pupils from Royston and Avenue End to and from the Festival venue. This is a great example to other ASC about how they can help everyone and allow the pupils opportunities to be involved in more.  Many schools struggled with lack of staff for adult supervision to accompany the children from the B&B Project to the B&B Festival. Some examples of how well the pupils worked with others is below:

“Great to see Avenue End & Royston pupils working so well together at the Bridges & Barriers Football Festival today! Fantastic attitude from everyone involved!” (@fraser_active)

“Ave End/Royston v St Rochs/Royston at the Bridges & Barriers Football Festival. Pupils having great fun!”


Super Soccer was the venue for the Festival, chosen for 4 indoor pitches and a central location. The logistics involved for us, the schools and ASC was considerable and was a great collective effort from all involved.  We would look to make this an annual city-wide event at a larger indoor football venue to accommodate more schools such as SoccerWorld which has 7 indoor pitches.


ASC, pupils, school assistants and NKSDG staff were video interviewed by Lisa Gallacher from Youthlink Scotland and Action on Sectarianism. Watch this space and our Facebook and Twitter pages later this year for the promotional video once it is complete!

In addition, Lisa also filmed at a B&B school session later the same day as the Festival.  This will add to the video showing more of the project than just the Festival at the end. Lisa is creating a B&B promotional video from this project which will help us massively in terms of getting our message to a wider community and expand our footprint. 

B&B has allowed children of denominational and non-denominational schools to come together and create friendships without the barriers or the stigma attached to attending these schools. In addition, as in all sessions, there were children of many different cultural backgrounds.

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NKSDG's Bridges & Barriers Anti-Sectarianism Project - Refunded for 2018-2019

Last week we received great news from the Scottish Government that our successful after school primary school sports project will be refunded as part of the drive to increase awareness.

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs has approved £25,000 funding for North Kelvin in 2018-19, up 10%.

The initial discussion will form the basis of the project and we will discuss this further and in more detail on Tuesday 27th March. Summary of initial discussion included building on our current work by:

  1. Expansion of the work into wider school clusters across Glasgow City
  2. Building on the active schools participation and network with a view to creating a usable model
  3. Compliment the work of pupils working on Divided City with after school activity

This will be the fifth year running that the Scottish Government has funded NKSDG to deliver the Bridges & Barriers project and it has become our flagship project which we are very proud of.  This news came at the same time as our first City Wide School Bridges & Barriers Football Festival in partnership with Active Schools.  We hope that this will be an annual event. Keep in touch via our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and our review of the current project that is due to finish this Wednesday 28th March.

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North Kelvin Sports - Easter Camp 2018

North Kelvin Sports will be hosting their annual Easter camp starting on Tuesday 3rd April and will run until Friday 13th April 10am until 3pm each day.  Prices haven't changed and start at £35 for the week and £30 for the second child but as normal we at North Kelvin will be offering an early registration discount so if you are registered and fully paid by Thursday 29th March at 5pm you can receive a further £5 discount. We will have all the usual fun and games to keep all the kids excited over the 2 weeks and we hope to see all the usual faces and hopefully a lot of new ones.  Follow the link below for registration (copy and paste into search engine):

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Christmas Party!

The NKSDG Christmas Party spirit was in full effect at the Maryhill Club on Sunday! Many thanks to Freddie for hosting us! The DJ was playing some cracking festive 'floorfillers' with some tremendous dance moves on display.  This was the case during Musical Statues which always catches someone out for cutting one too many shapes.  Look out for Santa busting some moves!

Many thanks to Fiona Cole and Kirsten MacFarlane for helping to run the party games! Thanks to Ross Nicol for giving us four trays of sandwiches which added to the Dominos pizza order we had on the table. Of course our special guest Mr. S. Claus was in town also and brought his festive goodies for the NK players. 

A great time was had by all and from all at NK United and NKSDG a big thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle which was greatly appreciated as always with some great prizes up for grabs. We wish you all a happy holidays! 


Job Advert: Academy Coordinator

Job Title: North Kelvin Academy Coordinator


Hours per Week:        30 Hours per week. Monday to Friday. 12:00noon – 6pm.

Rate of Pay:                £12 per hour

Responsible to:          Management Committee

Post Duration:            June 2019 (Minimum)


Purpose of the Post

The successful applicant will coordinate the new North Kelvin Academy after-school project. The NK Academy will engage young people from the north-west of Glasgow in the pursuit of sporting excellence through participation in games, skill mastery and technical training in a variety of sports. The coordinator will also be responsible for overseeing the delivery of workshops and activities that promote personal and social development and develop positive lifestyle choices. This new project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF).  

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the delivery of the North Kelvin Academy at 3 delivery sites in the north-west of Glasgow
  • Create an NKA curriculum to be delivered at each delivery site
  • Recruit and train a team of project workers to deliver the NKA curriculum
  • Provide ongoing training and support to all project workers
  • Maintain a strong social media presence using the social media strategy
  • Regular contact with the funder and ensure all reporting deadlines are submitted on time
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with participating schools
  • Abide by the club ethos and philosophy
  • Promote the improvement of coaching standards and the qualifications of coaches
  • Abide by and promote sound ethics and club policy, child protection, fair play and equal opportunities to all members
  • Report monthly to the management committee
  • Any relevant club business as directed by the club management committee

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in sport or community education
  • Relevant sports coaching qualifications
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of delivering educational workshops
  • Strong leadership, organisational and communication skills
  • Enhanced PVG clearance


Applications should take the form of a detailed CV with a covering letter explaining why the candidate is suitable for the job.

Deadline for applications will be 5pm on Friday 17th November.



Tel:   0141 946 0603                 Twitter: @NorthKelvin            


Halloween Party

This October saw North Kelvin host their first Halloween party in the Maryhill Club. After much debate and feedback from our parents it was decided to go ahead and hold our first ever party at this time of year. With parents instrumental in running the party it was sure to be a great day and this was how it turned out.

We asked that all the kids and parents dress up and for the most part everyone did. We had club coordinator, John Burns, dressed as a Ghostbuster, committee member Joanne White dressed as a scary nun! We also had Witches, Mexican’s, Mad Scientists and club chairman Mark Adams and his partner Pauline Robertson dressed as Donald and Melania Trump plus many more.

With scary prizes for the winners of the party games everyone was taking part and this included some of our big kids i.e. [parents] who were taking the dance off very seriously but was great to see everyone having a good time.

We have to thank everyone who came along to make it such a great day and to Joanne White and Susan Gow for taking the time and effort to make food, arrange party games and keep all the kids big and small entertained over the day.

We hope that this event will stay on the calendar next year as we look to establish it in the calendar.


Club Open Night on 24th October: Benview Campus at 6pm

Following the club’s September meeting, it has been agreed that it would be beneficial for all if we were to hold a club open night in October. It is an invitation for club members’ parents/guardians to meet and discuss any concerns or matters they have, regarding the club, with coaches and committee members. We’re happy to speak to people informally on a one to one or as a group basis, whatever suits attendees. It will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 24thOctober at Benview Campus (usual training time) - Parents will have the opportunity to find out more about how the club is run and how we hope to progress in the future.

Issues that may be discussed are Funding, Fundraising, Player Development, Coaching etc. We’ll be happy to review and explain the club’s position on all matters and we also welcome any feedback and suggestions on how we can progress. We recognise that it’s people who make the club what it is and we want everyone involved to feel they play an important part to ensure the club keeps moving forward.

Please note your interest in attending to John Burns - - thank you.

NKSDG Committee

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Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal: NKS Donate to Lithunian children

The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal has been donating to children’s charities in every country that the Scotland National team has played in since 2003.  That’s 63 consecutive donations - with not a game missed!

In early September they will be donating £5000 to a children’s sports club in Vilnius when Scotland travel to play a crucial World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.  The Sunshine Appeal put a shout out for any organisations who would be willing to donate second-hand football strips that could be used by the kids in Vilnius.  North Kelvin Sports stepped up to the mark and have donated over 20 football tops and some shorts.  These will be couriered to Vilnius and will be there for the Scotland fans arriving at the donation presentation.

It closes a circle in a way. WESTA are longtime supporters of both North Kelvin Sports and the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal.  Purchase of the football tops was assisted by WESTA donations, and now North Kelvin Sports are supporting the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal. What goes around comes around.

John Daly (Trustee of the Sunshine Appeal) came to North Kelvin Sports and met with John Burns to pick up the strips. Mr Daly said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the folk here have found a way to support, not just the Sunshine Appeal, but kids in Vilnius who are struggling to get kitted out for their games. It’s deeply appreciated”

 John Daly & John Burns with the strip donation

John Daly & John Burns with the strip donation