Scotland stars Erin Cuthbert (l) and Jo Love (r) join U19s Coach Pauline Hamill and Captain Amy Muir to promote the tournament


Scotland will play host to the 18th UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship this July with the tournament offering a great football experience for all the family.

Scotland stars Erin Cuthbert (l) and Jo Love (r) join U19s Coach Pauline Hamill and Captain Amy Muir to promote the tournament

Staged across four host venues between 16 – 28 July 2019, the tournament will see the future heroes of women’s football compete to be crowned champions of Europe – with tickets starting from just £2 for adults and £1 for kids.


Seven other European nations – Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands Norway, and reigning champions Spain – join Scotland as hosts with matches taking place at Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), McDiarmid Park (Perth), Firhill (Glasgow) and St Mirren Park (Paisley).

Women's World Cup star Erin Cuthbert has given her backing to the tournament having previously graduated from Scotland's U19 set-up

Scotland start their campaign against France on Tuesday, 16 July, before taking on Norway (Friday, 19 July) and Netherlands (Monday, 22 July) to complete Group A. The winner and runner-up from each group will progress to the Semi Finals, with the final at St Mirren Park on Sunday, 28 July.

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The tournament offers the perfect opportunity for families and those looking to experience live football for the first time, to enjoy high quality action at family-friendly prices. Group stage matches are priced at £2 for adults and £1 for concessions with the Semi-finals and Final priced at £5 & £2 respectively.

Scotland’s matches will also see the inclusion of a family fanzone, with inflatables, face painting and giveaways to keep all the family entertained pre-match.


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About the UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship

The Tournament runs from 16 – 28 July 2019 and consists of eight Nations:- Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland (hosts) & Spain (holders).   

The matches will be played at McDiarmid Park (Perth) Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), Firhill (Glasgow), with the opening match & final taking place at St Mirren Park (Paisley). 

The finals will act as UEFA’s qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.


UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Fixture Schedule



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A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “Following further talks, Unite has agreed to suspend the planned industrial action for Friday 5 and Thursday 11 July. This is to allow Unite to conduct a consultative ballot with its members on our improved offer which we hope will result in a positive outcome. The ballot will be conducted between Thursday 4 and Tuesday 9 July.”

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We are offering a 2 for 1 deal, any seat, any day. Call the box office in advance 0203753970 ans quote “EXTREME241’ to receive the deal

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THIS YEAR a new death-defying and extreme circus is descending on the UK as part of it’s European tour.  A one-of-a-kind performance, that has been five years in the making and features some of the most talented performers in the world.

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

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Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be performing a high wire and double wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with leader of the troop, Mustafa Danger, flying in all the way from Africa for the performance.


Just back from its European tour, the extreme FMX team will be bringing you its jaw-dropping stunts to the Big Top as our pilots fly through the air displaying cliff-hangers, nac nacs and supermans to name a few.   Battling for air space, our resident riders are sure to get the adrenaline pumping as they defy gravity with incredible mid-air backflips.


Our stunt riding team will also be performing the Globe of Death. The most death-defying act ever completed, as the group experience G-force similar to that of a fighter pilot. Watch as they loop vertically and horizontally all while encased in a mesh sphere. This really is one for the petrolheads!


Henry the World famous Prince of Clowns, a legendary figure in the circus industry, will be keeping the audience amused throughout the show.


On top of this there will be the Cloud Swing flying Trapeze, Whirl Wind Jugglers and lot’s lots more. This really is an event with something for everyone, if you’re a petrolhead, theatre-goer, thrill seeker or wanting to see one of the greatest shows of its time, make sure to get your tickets fast.

VIP Ringside – £36 – Concessions £32

Deluxe Ringside – £30 – Concessions £26

Grandstand – £26 – Concessions £22

Side View – £18 – Concessions £16

Rear View (Restricted) £12 – Concessions £8


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Thursday 25th July to Sunday 4th August.


Thurs 25th 7.45pm

Fri 26th 3pm & 7.45pm

Sat 27th 3pm & 6pm

Sun 28th 2pm & 5pm

Mon 29th 3pm & 7.45pm

Tues 30th – No Shows

Wed 31st 3pm & 7.45pm

Thur 1st 3pm & 7.45pm

Fri 2nd 3pm & 7.45pm

Sat 3rd 3pm & 6pm

Sun 4th 12 noon & 3pm

Planned strike action at Glasgow Airport tomorrow (Wednesday 3 July) between 8am and 12 noon has been suspended to allow for more talks to take place from today.

A Glasgow Airport spokesman said: “Unite has confirmed it has suspended the planned industrial action for Wednesday 3 July in order for further talks to take place.

“Industrial action is still planned for Friday 5 July between 9.30am and 1.30pm during which our robust, compliant and safe contingencies will be in place to ensure passengers continue to be unaffected by the actions of Unite.”

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Details of Glasgow Airport’s offer on pay and pensions:

  • A pay increase of 3% for 2019 back dated to January and a guarantee of 3% for 2020 – this would represent four years in a row a 3% pay deal has been offered;

  • Guaranteed bonus payment of £600 paid immediately;

  • Compensation package of 30% of base plus shift pay for the remaining final salary pension (Defined Benefit scheme) members, with a guaranteed minimum payment of £7,000; and

  • Final salary pension members will move to one of the UK’s leading Defined Contribution (DC) pension schemes which features employer contributions of up to 16%.

YOUNGSTERS can have a barrow-load of fun playing at being construction workers in a new building site made especially for them.


Or they can jump start the summer holidays by driving around a mini town in toy cars on marked roads with traffic lights and their own petrol station.

The building site has been created in Soar at intu Braehead and the mini driving school is at the central atrium of the intu Braehead shopping centre.

All the free activities, which are ideal for families to enjoy, run from June 29 to August 13.

And anyone signing up to the intu Family Club during the summer will be invited to exclusive days of activities and prizes.

Youngsters who fancy being a construction worker for a day will have tons of fun when they grab a hard hat, clipboard and get ready to start their working day.

Once on site they can ride a dumper truck dodging cones on the way, start digging in a sandpit and building with bricks. There are plenty of tools, like jackhammers and wheelbarrows to help them get to work.

Meanwhile in the shopping mall instead of driving mum and dad mad when they go shopping, the kids can drive themselves around the specially-created driving school track with mini traffic lights, burger shack, petrol station and general store.

Marketing manager of intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve created an exciting new world for families who let their imaginations run wild as they become builders for the day or scoot around a mini-town in their cars.

“The construction site and roadway are just like the real thing and families always enjoy taking part in the fun event together. They’ll really love the free activities we’re putting on for them this summer.”


A HEARTBROKEN mum is hoping a statue of Oor Wullie displayed in a shopping mall will help raise awareness of the rare medical condition that tragically took the life of her teenage son.

Ahmar Javed was only 13  – when unknown to anyone – he was suffering from Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) that caused him to suddenly develop a bleed on the brain.


The lad’s mum and dad, Sameena and Javed had to take the agonising decision to turn off his life support machine ten days after Ahmar suffered the bleed while at a karate class.

After Ahmar died almost two years ago, Sameena launched a fundraising campaign, in association with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, called Another Star In The Sky to raise money in her son’s name.

Sameena says there is not enough research into early diagnosis and treatment of AVM – an abnormal tangling of blood vessels that affects just one in 10,000 people – and there was a lack of bereavement counselling for her family when Ahmar died.


The Another Star In The Sky charity has already raised more than £13,000 with half the money being donated to the Office for Rare Conditions Glasgow at the Royal Hospital for Children and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, to help fund research into rare illnesses like AVM that killed Ahmar.

The other part of fundraising goes to the Child Bereavement UK charity’s Glasgow centre that offers support to bereaved children and families.

Ahmar’s school pals at Castlehead High, in Paisley had been given a statue of Oor Wullie to paint by the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. And the pupils decided they would paint the statue in Ahmar’s honour and write messages to him on Oor Wullie’s arm.


The statue has now been put on display by intu Braehead in the lower shopping mall as part of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail.

Sameena says: “We are totally overwhelmed that the Castlehead pupils decided to paint the Oor Wullie statue in Ahmar’s memory and the messages they wrote on the statue are lovely. We’re very proud they still remember him.

“We’ll never forget the kindness of the staff and pupils at Castlehead and also the people at intu Braehead for displaying the statue in the mall, as it helps raise awareness of AVM and our campaign.

“I hope that when people see the statue they might be intrigued by the messages on it and want to find out more about Ahmar. And perhaps they might want to do something to support the work of our charity.”

Sameena added: “I’m hoping that in the future enough research will have been done to find an easy and effective way of diagnosing the condition early and that a treatment will have been found.

“Amhar always said he wanted to study medicine and become a doctor. He may not be with us any more, but we could still realise his dream of helping people who are ill and if we can help get early diagnosis and treatment that would be his legacy.”

Lydia Brown, community development manager at intu Braehead said: “What happened to Sameena and her family is heart-breaking.

“We would encourage visitors to intu Braehead to see the statue painted by the Castlehead pupils, along with other statues we have displayed in the lower mall for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail, which we’re supporting.

“Sameena’s charity needs all the help it can get and we hope people will get in touch with her and offer any help they can.”

Sameena and her family are running the charity on their own and as well as fundraising efforts, they are asking for practical help, like setting up a website and social media channels to publicise Another Star In The Sky.

You can email if you can offer any help to Sameena and the charity.


SNP MSP Derek Mackay is urging Renfrewshire’s dog owners not to leave their pets in hot cars this summer.


Mr Mackay is highlighting research undertaken by Dogs Trust which shows that almost people believe it is ok to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken, such as leaving a window open or parking under a tree.

Under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog, should its body exceed 41°C. Within a matter of minutes, as the temperature rises in your car, your dog’s suffering will become evident through excessive panting, whimpering or barking. This will then develop into a loss of muscle control and ultimately their kidneys will cease to function, the brain will become damaged and their heart will stop.

The Renfrewshire North & West MSP is warning constituents that on even wet or cooler days, leaving their pet in the car even for a few minutes can be dangerous.

Mr Mackay said:

“Many people don’t know that dogs take a lot longer than humans to cool down and with temperatures rising over the summer it is more important than ever that dog owners are warned of the dangers of leaving their pets unattended in cars. Even on cooler or very wet days, cars can become very hot, very quickly, and be fatal for dogs.

“You just need to touch the dashboard or seat of a car to see how hot it can get. Andparking in the shade or leaving the window down will not make it any safer.

“If you are carrying your dog in the car over the summer carry plenty of drinking water for it, use sun blinds on the windows and do not leave the dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

“If you do see a dog in distress in a parked car call the police or the SSPCA immediately.”

Summer getaway

 More than 165,000 passengers expected over weekend

  • Over one million Scots to head for their holidays during school break


Glasgow Airport is preparing for its busiest weekend of the year so far as tens of thousands take to the skies for the summer holidays.

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More than 165,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend as the school holidays get underway. Airport staff expect to welcome more than a million Scots holidaymakers during the school summer holidays.

The majority of travellers will be heading for popular sunshine hotspots such as Alicante, the Canary Islands, Crete, Florida, Mexico, Turkey, Portugal and the Balearics. Other popular city break destinations include Barcelona, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, New York, Frankfurt and Venice.

Even more people will travel on Scotland’s busiest long-haul route – the Dubai double daily service – as a result of the additional capacity provided by the iconic A380 aircraft introduced earlier this year.

Additional staff will be on hand at peak times over the weekend to provide support and assurance for passengers as they prepare for check-in and security.

The airport will also be providing plenty of entertainment for young departing travellers to ensure their holidays get off to a fun start.  This will include a kids’ fitness zone in the departures area, NERF war games, Highland dancing, performances from a rock choir and activity bags.

Despite the proposed strike action planned by some Unite members on Friday 28th and Sunday 30th of June, it will be business as usual for passengers travelling through the terminal on both days.

Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport Managing Director, said: “There’s always a great atmosphere in terminal, particularly as the school term has come to an end and thousands of families arrive at the airport ahead of their holidays.

“This weekend is sure to be one of our busiest ever and we’ll have plenty of activities to help keep the children occupied.

“Given that the airport will be busier than usual during what is our biggest weekend this year, we would encourage passengers to allow enough time for check-in and to ensure they are prepared for the security area and have their boarding passes ready.


“All liquids, gels and pastes carried in hand luggage should be 100ml or less and carried in a 20cm x 20cm clear plastic bag, which should be presented out-with their hand luggage at the security check point.

“Passengers should also organise their hand luggage appropriately before they go through our X-Ray machines, which means removing laptops and other large electrical equipment from their bags and placing them flat and unobstructed in the tray along with smaller items such as keys, coins, watched and phones.

“Small steps such as these really help to ensure our passengers pass through security as quickly and smoothly as possible so they can relax and enjoy the start of their holiday.

“Although some of our staff who are members of Unite have chosen our busiest period of the year to stage further industrial action, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again reassure our passengers that the strike days which have taken place to date have caused minor disruption, if any at all. Glasgow Airport remains open, fully operational and our number one priority is to ensure our passengers continue to get on their summer holidays without any disruption.”


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THEY’RE letting the good times roll at intu Braehead this summer.

The ice has been melted and the curling rink transformed into a fabulous roller skating venue complete with a giant glitter ball and the coolest old-school disco sounds being played.

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And yesterday one of Scotland’s top freestyle roller skaters, Jim Whyte paid the new roller rink a visit to check it out for himself.

And while he was there he gave some skaters, who were getting a sneak preview of the venue, a display of his skills and amazing roller skating stunts.

Roller skating sessions are launched on Saturday, June 29 and continue until August 11. The two-hour sessions start at 11am each day and go on until 6pm.

The sessions are ideal for a families as well as regular roller skaters and there are skates for hire at the venue.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’re definitely rolling out the welcome mat for everyone to enjoy a brand new fun activity we’ve never had at intu Braehead before.

“The curling rink has been completely transformed with special lighting, a sound system playing some disco classics and of course, the disco ball that will give everyone some glitter as they wheel around the rink.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert, our new Roller Skating Rink is the place to be this summer and everyone is guaranteed to have a wheelie good time!”

Roller skating at intu Braehead is a fun activity for all ages, although it’s not suitable for under fives and anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Log on to for more details and to book tickets.

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The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre opening in Renfrewshire represents “a significant step in our ambitions to be the beating heart of modern Scottish manufacturing”.

That’s according to Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson who joined First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the official centre opening today (Wednesday 26 June 2019).

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The centre is the first phase of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) which is being built in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

Based in the Doosan Babcock facilities at Westway Park and run by the University of Strathclyde, the centre helps manufacturing companies to benefit from lightweighting technology.

Lightweighting is already adopted in the high-value automotive and aerospace industries, developing lighter components

that provide a range of benefits including improved speed, increased strength, reduced costs and greater sustainability.

“I’m delighted to see the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre officially open and I’m excited by the benefits it can offer to manufacturers big and small,” said Councillor Nicolson.

“Every business is looking for that competitive edge while also recognising the importance of reducing their impact on the environment and I look forward to seeing local businesses benefiting from its expertise over the coming years.”

In partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, Renfrewshire Council is leading development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Work starts this summer on the enabling infrastructure to transform a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport into a hub for manufacturing innovation, home to NMIS and a £56million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

Councillor Nicolson added: “There are already 9000 manufacturing jobs in Renfrewshire and it accounts for more than 20% of our economic output. There’s great potential to grow this even further and the Lightweight Centre opening is a significant step in our ambitions to be the beating heart of modern Scottish manufacturing.

Renfrewshire Chamber Chief Executive Bob Grant and Council Leader Iain Nicolson

“We have always been a place rich in creativity and innovation and look forward to supporting the development of these major investments, ensuring they bring jobs and opportunities to everyone in Renfrewshire.”

Find out more about the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Gary Jamieson and Andy Russell Operations Manager of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

[Case study] Lightweighting has heavyweight potential for all manufacturers

Michelle Ferguson is Director of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which is a division of Royal British Legion Industries and a Social Enterprise which supports armed forces veterans and others with disabilities. Here she outlines how they have benefited from working with the team at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

William Murray of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company

“We took over the premises in Erskine Hospital Estate last year and have grown to a team of 17, with our main aim of helping people who face barriers to employment to learn new manufacturing skills, gain confidence and independence.

“We manufacture road and rail signs, specialist engineering cutting and prototypes. We became aware quite early in our manufacturing days that a number of these products had a real impact on the environment, causing thousands of tons to end up in landfill each year, so we wanted to consider a way to prevent this where possible and potentially re-manufacture them.

“As we didn’t have the technological know-how, we approached the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre who put us in touch with the team at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

“I was surprised and delighted that they would give consideration to a Social Enterprise project like ours and they were so welcoming, involving our Operations Manager Andy Russell along with two of our veteran factory operatives Gary Jamieson and William Murray, throughout the full process.

“Everything about them was positive and their expertise has helped us to find a solution which we’re now exploring further. We see it as a game-changer which could have a hugely positive impact on the environment.

“We’re very proud to be based in Renfrewshire, where manufacturing is a real growth industry and embracing new technology and innovation. Many people may come to us initially because we’re a social enterprise, but they stay with us because of the quality products we manufacture.”