PM’s a good sport

Prime minister David Cameron visits Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow
Prime minister David Cameron visits Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow

The prime minister has thrown his weight behind Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 youth Olympic games.

David Cameron visited a summer camp in the city where he met with Glasgow School of Sport athletics coach Norrie Hay and 100 young sporting hopefuls.

Alongside Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson, the PM watched the city’s most promising contenders in athletics, netball, badminton, table tennis and tennis — including a number of Glasgow school of sport pupils.

Mr Cameron said: “I am delighted to give my backing to Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics and sustain the momentum of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

“Whilst the Youth Olympics may not turn every child into tomorrow’s Chris Hoy or Hannah Miley, I am convinced that if we can bring the games to the UK, we will help even more young people develop a sporting habit for life.

“The tremendous legacy of the 2012 Games is not just about stadiums and the economy, it is also about young people.

“All our great athletes started at a young age and I believe that the Youth Olympics is about opening young people’s eyes to the possibility of sport and and inspiring the next generation of Olympic heroes”.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, added: “Being in Scotstoun and seeing the excitement and enthusiasm that our young people have for sport and for the Olympic Games showed exactly why Glasgow would be the perfect host city for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

“A real strength of our bid is that it has the support of government of all levels and we are delighted that the minister is backing the bid — we have a shared commitment to bringing the Youth Olympic Games to Glasgow”.

Meanwhile, a pair of Newton Mearns teenagers are getting a taste of the main event — the London 2012 games.

Belmont House pupils Carl and Russell Macpherson have been playing their part as ball boys during Olympic football games at Hampden.

Carl told The Extra: “I have been surprised by the atmosphere. The whole crowd gets really involved in the match and it’s exciting to be there”.

Their great grandfather Bob Gillespie was no stranger to Hampden either, as he played for Queens Park FC and was the last amateur to captain Scotland.