Extra Letters (November 1 edition)

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Open the Games for all

REGARDING the subject of young people from East Renfrewshire becoming more active in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and beyond, I asked (East Renfrewshire) council a question about how our young people could also become more active to be considered for competing in the next Olympic Games, as the Olympic Games were not mentioned in recent council papers — but the council was adamant that the matter had been dealt with.

As shadow convener for education, which includes sport and recreation, I aim to ensure that our young people have the opportunity to develop their sporting abilities to be, at least, considered for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the next Olympic Games.

I know that the emphasis at the moment is — quite rightly — on the Commonwealth Games, and although involvement in that event is a superb experience for athletes, we should be ensuring that young athletes spotted at our schools are coached not only for the Commonwealth Games but also for the next Olympic Games.

We achieved 14 Scottish Olympic champions this year and we should be striving to increase the number at the next Olympics.

To this the question is do we need to encourage sport trusts and sponsor businesses to support the athletes?

I know that our council’s staff will give the young people encouragement and support but could additional funding be given to the council to support additional staff for this purpose?

Councillor Charlie Gilbert, Neilston, Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns north.

You said it...

FOLLOWING debate on Twitter over the future of trees in front of Langside Halls, this week we asked Extra readers: should they be taken down/replaced?

It seems that many of our online readers are keen on the greenery, with 63 per cent responding: “No — too many trees are being cut down as it is”.

The remaining 37 per cent said: “The whole area — including the taxi rank — needs to be addressed”, while no one agreed that “the building is hidden by the trees”.

While in no way scientific (as shown by more varied responses in last week’s news story), The Extra Question is a great way to find out, at the click of a button, what you think about the issue of the day.

Keep checking in on the website (the poll can be found to the right of every news story), and we’ll keep asking the questions which matter to you.

Over on Twitter this week, we asked which subjects readers would like to see tackled on the pages of The Extra.

@GaryRBrown suggested a feature on the lesser known parks of the southside: and in a city known as the dear, green place, there are a few of them.

We’re looking into it, so watch this space – meanwhile, please let us know what you’d like to see us writing about.

You can find us on Twitter or Facebook where you’ll spot even less scientific polls – this week, a tally of everyone’s favourite James Bond actor.

So is it Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, or our very own Sean Connery?

Log on to find out — and say hello while you’re there.