From Galway to Glasgow - Irish students take part in exchange


A group of students from Ireland have spent two weeks training with sports staff and students at the College as part of a European exchange programme.

The group of eight students, who are studying Elite Soccer – Performance and Coaching at Galway Technical Institute (GTI) trained at the College through the Erasmus programme.

The Erasmus programme offers opportunities across Europe and beyond to individuals and organisations in education, training, youth and sport. Staff and students work closely alongside the exchange students to share knowledge and good practice, helping to raise standards across Europe.

Training mostly at the Broadwood Campus, the group joined students on sports programmes along with lecturers and trainers to enhance their existing skills as well as learn some new ones.

They took part in cultural visits, including a visit to Celtic’s training ground at Lennoxtown, a tour of Celtic Park, a tour of Ibrox Stadium and also a trip to The National Sports Comprehensive, Braidhurst High School in Motherwell, to see how the pupils there combine their training with education.

The students also had the opportunity to watch a match at Celtic Park, accompanied by Scotland National legend Davie Hay, who formerly played for Celtic.

Todd Lumsden, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Sport at New College Lanarkshire, said:

“The students from GTI arrived with the anticipation of experiencing different training methods, learning about periodisation both tactical and physical, developing the practical ability in football and engaging with a range of different coaches exposing them to many different styles.

The staff at Broadwood campus maintain professional standards and beliefs at the heart of everything they do with the learners. It is not just the football and coaching memories they will take back to Ireland with them but the life experience and how desire, determination, attitude and application is required to be a success in anything in life.

The students faced various challenges when they were here and they will leave knowing they have to apply consistent action, do extra, take pride in what they do and apply the ‘process’. If they get that part correct then they will naturally develop.”

This visit marks the seventh exchange students from the Galway Technical Institute have taken part in with New College Lanarkshire.

Patrick “Patsy” Durnan, a former teacher at GTI who accompanies the students on the exchange trip each year, said:

“We’ve been coming over to Scotland for a number of years now and it is always a highlight for us. The students learn so much about themselves over the course of the two weeks, from living together in a self-catering apartment to the work experience and training they take part in.

The exchange boosts their knowledge and confidence and allows them to take back what they’ve learned and use it in their work and studies back home.”

One of the students taking part in the programme, Philip Cunniffe, said:

It’s been a great experience being in Glasgow both from the training and cultural point of view. Just having the chance to see how things are done in another country is great and it was fantastic to experience larger-scale facilities and work with different coaches. I’m grateful to have had this opportunity”. 

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