Go-karting sessions for young people with additional support needs and learning difficulties will commence later this year after Glasgow Airport agreed to fund the cost of four tandem karts.

The charity Kibble is currently creating a major new leisure facility to provide transitional jobs and training opportunities. Glasgow Airport is supporting the venture with an award of nearly £40,000 from its FlightPath Fund.

‘The Experience’ is being constructed inside the iconic former Rolls Royce factory in Hillington Park and will boast Scotland’s first indoor electric go-karting track.

Kibble hopes it will also become a major leisure, training and events centre which will create 50 transitional jobs and 50 work experience placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 every year.

Kibble intends to dedicate 20 hours every week to ‘Karting with a Conscience’, a social inclusion programme for those with additional support needs or learning difficulties who are unable to drive a go-kart themselves. This programme requires the use of tandem go-karts, which will be funded by the airport.

A support worker will manage and promote Karting with a Conscience, working with schools and other organisations such as charities to encourage them to use the facility on a regular basis.

The Experience will also offer other leisure and catering facilities and Kibble is hopeful it will become a sustainable social enterprise, with employment placements providing young people with the skills, experience and confidence they need to shape their own destiny.

Archie Hunter, chair of the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, said: “The funding application we received from Kibble was one which really stood out. We were impressed by the ambition shown in constructing The Experience from what was effectively an empty shell, and the determination to make it an inclusive facility that can be enjoyed by all and will prove to be sustainable in the long term.

“In addition to the benefits it will bring for many in the communities under the flightpath, we are very keen to support innovative projects that help people towards employment. The Experience offers fantastic volunteering and employment placement opportunities for Kibble service users and other young people.”

Graham Bell, Kibble chief executive, added: “Our Karting with a Conscience programme offers social inclusion to children and adults with additional support needs and learning difficulties who would otherwise be unable to experience the thrill of go-karting.

“The sessions will be a really memorable experience and our friendly helpful staff will ensure the highest standards of health and safety at all times. The tandem go-karts are a very specialist piece of equipment and Glasgow Airport has done the communities around it a great service by supporting the purchase of these through the FlightPath Fund.”

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Drama project takes centre stage with Glasgow Airport support.

A theatrical production which educates young people on the devastating effects of disability hate crime will be delivered in Renfrewshire schools.

An award of £4,900 from the Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund will allow the Paisley-based PACE Theatre Company to carry out the first phase of its ‘I Am Me’ initiative.

PACE founder and executive director David Wallace received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund.


Mr Wallace spoke at the event about how the FlightPath Fund supported a previous PACE project to raise awareness of cyber bullying. Representatives of other organisations which have received financial support in the past also addressed the audience, which included MPs, MSPs and councillors.

The I Am Me play will be accompanied by discussion workshops and the intention is to raise awareness of what constitutes a disability hate crime, reduce the number of incidents and encourage more reporting of incidents.

PACE is working with partners Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland on the project, which will be delivered in schools, community groups and disability support groups. A steering group will be set up to seek the views of young people and disabled people which will influence the design and direction of the productions and workshops.

David Wallace said “More than a fifth of the population of Renfrewshire is classed as disabled or having a long-term illness. Too often people with a disability become the victims of crime because of that and appear to accept abuse as part of daily life.

“It is estimated that 97% of disability hate crimes go unreported and the purpose of I Am Me is to bring about a clearer understanding of the effect that incidents have on individuals, perpetrators and communities. We are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport for the financial support which allows us to get this project off the ground.”

Archie Hunter said: “I Am Me is a fantastic initiative and one that we are very proud to support. PACE is an extremely innovative organisation which uses theatre to engage with young people in Renfrewshire, raising awareness of serious issues in a way they can relate to. Disability hate crime is undoubtedly a big problem in our society and the PACE Theatre Company is to be commended for tackling it in a creative way.”

Amanda McMillan added: “It is important that the population around the airport can share in our success and it was very encouraging to hear from some of the groups who have benefitted from the Flightpath Fund. Listening to representatives of these organisations speak passionately about their work makes us even more determined to continue supporting our communities.”


A local project which aims to digitally capture the history of parts of Renfrewshire has got off to a flying start following support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, a committee made up of local volunteers, is dedicated to promoting the history, culture and heritage of Inchinnan and its surrounding areas. The group plans to produce a digital archive and website containing details on a number of projects. The first of which is an oral history project about life in rural Inchinnan from the 1930’s onwards.


Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions and the £1,020 donation from Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund will be used to purchase technical equipment for filming interviews and capturing scenic shots of the area.

The project, which will examine life through the decades, will gather information from residents and relatives and try to understand what it was like to live in the rural environment of Inchinnan farmlands. It will also focus on the development of Erskine community – which was built in the early seventies – and the impact it had on the local community and economy.

Ronald Leitch, head of security and terminal operations at Glasgow Airport, said: “This historical project is a fantastic community initiative and will definitely allow more people to learn about the history of the area. As a neighbour, Glasgow Airport is only too happy to offer assistance and get this exciting project off the ground.”

Councillor Iain Nicolson at Renfrewshire Council said: “Inchinnan Historical Interest Group is a good example of a community working together to promote the local history of the area. To do so, in such a public way is a terrific idea and demonstrates a great sense of community. I am sure the archive and website will prove extremely popular with residents of all ages.”

Bill McCallum, farmlands project leader at Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, said: “Talking to the various people we have interviewed for this project, has been very interesting and enlightening. Asking people to go back down their own memory lane is, in the main, a very pleasurable experience for them, and sharing that journey is both a privilege and rewarding for the project team. We are creating our own piece of history as there has never been an oral history of Inchinnan before, and receiving support from the FlightPath Fund is very encouraging to our project team.”

Once complete details of the project, which are expected to generate interest from local residents, schools and community groups, will be available from the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group’s website and will include photographs, video clips and interviews with residents living in the area during this time. Information will also be available at Inchinnan Parish Church.

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Picture: Glasgow Airport’s Ronald Leitch (centre) and Councillor Iain Nicolson meet members of the Inchinnan Heritage Interest Group, pictured with the camera is Bill McCallum.

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Airport samba stunt celebrates funding for Glasgow Film Festival

More than 20 samba musicians and dancers welcomed passengers arriving at Glasgow Airport to celebrate the arrival of the ninth annual Glasgow Film Festival, which this year includes a focus on Brazilian cinema.

The event also marked the fact that the airport’s FlightPath Fund has awarded £7,500 to the organisers of the Festival, which will pay for a series of outreach events in Clydebank.

The Glasgow Film Festival Doon the Clyde project will take the GFF into areas that lie outside the city boundary, and introduce new audiences to the Festival through a series of screenings and workshops for school pupils, students and over 50s.

Glasgow’s own Samba Ya Bamba brought energy, colour and atmosphere to the airport’s domestic arrivals area with a ‘flash mob’ type stunt and quickly drew a large crowd of passengers and airport staff. A video of the performance is available to watch online at

The group blends Brazilian beats with other musical styles such as ska, hip-hop, funk and reggae and its members have been honing their skills in front of audiences in Scotland and Europe for more than 15 years now.

Glasgow Film Festival Doon the Clyde – which it is hoped will become an annual event – will reach more than 700 people through three school events, three Silver Screenings aimed at over 50s, and an event for budding filmmakers at Clydebank College.

While Glasgow Film already runs a successful school programme at Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), transport costs are often prohibitive and the Glasgow Airport funding will allow them to take the festival to Clydebank instead.

The festival has already run a series of screenings at Clydebank’s Empire theatre for local school groups. German film Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods is a gentle, witty introduction to the history of the Vikings.

Biancanieves, which played to rapt audiences of secondary school pupils, is a clever Spanish retelling of the story of Snow White, in which the heroine goes off to live with a group of bullfighting dwarves.

The Silver Screening events, also at the Empire, target an intergenerational audience at an affordable price. The Happy Lands, a new Scottish film telling the stories of mining communities in Fife, plays on Monday 18 February at 11am; glossy new Brazilian drama Prime Time Soap will be shown the same day at 11:15am, and the James Cagney classic Love Me Or Leave Me on Wednesday 20 February at 11am.

At Clydebank College, Glasgow Youth Film Festival ran a workshop called Hang ‘Em High with Scottish short film director Michael Callaghan targeted at teenagers and young people who want to make their own short films but don’t know where to start.

Allison Gardner, Co-Director of the Glasgow Film Festival, said: “We are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport for making these events in Clydebank possible. Part of our mission is making great cinema accessible to the widest audience possible, and with Glasgow Film Festival Doon the Clyde, we hope to reach an even broader range of people and spread our love of the cinema-going experience even further across the region.

“We selected particularly exciting European films for our schools events, and the response from the young people was amazing. We also hope that our Clydebank College event will encourage the students to pursue careers in film.

“Our Silver Screenings offer up a really diverse range of experiences at a great price: some good old fashioned James Cagney nostalgia, a genuinely moving look at the struggle of ordinary working people in Scotland in The Happy Lands, and a slab of gorgeous, glossy escapism from Brazil in Prime Time Soap.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Glasgow Film Festival is one of the highlights of the year and the organisers never fail to come up with an interesting programme. Their Samba performance in the terminal was amazing and brightened up an otherwise quiet February evening for our passengers and staff!

“The festival is the type of event that helps to make Glasgow such a great city, both for those who live here and those visiting, and we are therefore delighted to support these new events in Clydebank through the FlightPath Fund.”

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Glasgow Airport helps football club get amongst the goals

A football club set to launch academy classes for young people has netted eight new sets of goals from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

Drumchapel United provides grassroots coaching for children and allows them to play Scotland’s national game in a safe and organised environment.

The club hopes one of its current crop of youngsters will follow in the footsteps of former Scotland internationals Danny McGrain and John Wark, both of whom hailed from Drumchapel.

A donation of almost £3,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will allow the club to launch its ‘Drumchapel United – Coaching in the Community’ project, which is specifically for those who do not play in any of the club’s competitive teams.

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It will run for eight weeks and the club is confident it will become an annual event, reaching an increasingly wider audience every year.

The new equipment will be used in matches and practice sessions during the project, benefitting hundreds of children every week, but they will also be an important resource for the club going forward.

One of the reasons Drumchapel United has been a success is the efforts of coach David Smith who, at the age of 28, picked up the sportscotland Young Person Coach of the Year Award, following a nomination from one of the parents.

Among David’s finest achievements is raising £12,000 to take his team, Drumchapel United 2001s, on a trip to Denmark earlier this year. While the trip primarily involved coaching and training, time was put aside for sightseeing visits, following which the youngsters were tested on what they had learned about a different culture.

Drumchapel United focuses on education and personal development in addition to just football training, and this rounded approach impressed the FlightPath Fund Board as education is one of three areas where funding is primarily targeted.

Craig Martin, Glasgow Airport’s Head of HR, said: “Drumchapel United is the kind of football club we need in every community. It is always looking forward and finding new ways to get young people involved in the game. Coaching in the Community project is an ambitious idea but it will benefit hundreds of local children and we are delighted to assist in getting it off the ground.”

Drumchapel United’s David Smith added: “Our committee and team of coaches are dedicated to youth football and the development of the game at grassroots level, with many individuals giving up their spare time on a weekly basis.

“Dedication only goes so far though, and in order to move forward with innovative projects like Coaching in the Community we need to invest in new equipment. These goals will make a huge difference and we are delighted Glasgow Airport has agreed to fund them.”

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Pipers bag Glasgow Airport funding for new equipment


Pipers of all ages from across Renfrewshire are set to benefit from money for new equipment through the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.


Johnstone Pipe Band’s ‘learner’ class now has 30 members, following a successful recruitment drive. The band itself has 36 members, and 20 of these are under 18.

An award of £1,000 from the FlightPath Fund will fund the purchase of new chanters, drum skins, snares and beaters which will help to ensure that the learners are able to progress to playing bandsmen.


Johnstone Pipe Band is run by volunteers and performs at local, national and international events and competitions. The members also work with schools in the town introducing pupils to pipe music, and explaining the disciplines and life skills that can be learned, and the official qualifications that can be achieved by joining up.


Alan McGeoch, secretary of Johnstone Pipe Band, said: “This new equipment will provide a massive boost to both the learner classes and the band. I am also hopeful it will also enable us to attract new members and learners by showing that as well as providing excellent tuition, we have high standards when it comes to equipment.”


Glasgow Airport’s operations director Campbell Mackinnon added: “Johnstone Pipe Band does great work in the community by encouraging people, particularly young people, to learn and perform a style of traditional Scottish music.


“This award from the FlightPath Fund will enable the band to continue its work at a local level, while also representing Johnstone and Renfrewshire at national and international events and competitions.”

Find out more about Glasgow Airport and the Flight Path Fund here.

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Glasgow Airport donation helps local school to focus on fitness

A Glasgow primary school is set to improve the prospects of its pupils through sport and physical activity thanks to Glasgow Airport.

Camstradden Primary School in Drumchapel has received a £1,000 donation from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, and plan to use it to purchase fitness equipment for its pupils.

The school’s catchment area suffers from a range of social problems but the school hopes that by providing a fitness area with a range of gym equipment for pupils, they will take a more active interest in sport and physical activity.

Head Teacher Margaret Coyle explains: “We have already seen the impact that sport and physical activity can have on the development of some of our more vulnerable children. They do not only benefit physically, but also through increased confidence and self esteem.

“Children who have taken part in physical activity pay more attention in class and they appear to be more settled because it is a good way to vent irritation and frustration.”

The school plans to make the fitness area available for all of its pupils, but will focus strongly on those it considers particularly vulnerable, and which will benefit most from participating.

Chris Tames, head of IT at Glasgow Airport, said: “As a responsible employer which takes the development of our people very seriously, Glasgow Airport promotes health and fitness through a range of initiatives.

“We are therefore delighted to support Camstradden Primary School through our FlightPath Fund as it is being proactive about improving the physical and emotional health of its pupils.”

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed over £170,000 to 60 organisations.

For more information please visit the Glasgow Airport website.