Scotland

Partner link: NatWest 6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren Classic Quotes

 

Yes folks, it’s here again the wonderful 6 Nations Rugby feast. Here are your essentials: dates, KO times, location + can you remember who beat whom in every game last year – test yourself and your friends – then enjoy some rugby Commentator Karioki & speak, with passion, the wonderful Bill McLaren colourful quotes – to rekindle the magic he created. We have 60 of Bill’s Best quotes here .

6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren

6 Nations 2018 Fixtures & 2017 Results & Bill McLaren Classic Quotes

 

Here’s the pdf version of the above document 6 Nations 2018 Fixtures and 2017 Results and Bill McLaren with live links if you prefer this.

 

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Free  posters, video links, workbooks and slides for schools – contact Paul@GreatSportsmanship.org

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Partner link: Lions Touring Stories

When Enemies Become Friends

The British & Irish Lions start their first match in New Zealand, this Saturday. Lions tours are extraordinary, as fierce opponents from four countries come together, train together, play together, party together, tour together – they become friends for life. The Lions is a wonderful tradition. However, their battles overseas in the Southern Hemisphere, have been tough, bloody and some say down right dangerous. Despite the extreme intensity of the battles, there are some wonderful sportsmanship moments. Here are a few from former Lions 1974 , Ireland and Ulster wing forward, Stewart McKinney.

Ostrich Bomb & Thank You Punch

Here’s what happened when the South African giant, Johan de Bruyn met McKinney in an airport after McKinney had hit him ‘very hard’ during their encounter on the pitch……

Stewart also tells the story of de Bruyn’s generosity of spirit in a way that you simply cannot imagine, when the heroic Scottish Lion, Gordon Browne was very very ill. Coming soon……. watch this space………

Good luck to the Lions. 

 

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60 Of The Best – Great Quotes from Bill McLaren (part 1 of 4)

 

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Thai School Kids Sing Irish Euro 2016 Song

This is Thai Tims singing with gusto the new Irish Euro 2016 song. There is a deep & beautiful & tragic yet inspirational story behind this. How one man made a big difference.

Berni Lennon is a half British, half Thai boy who loves football but was refused a place in many local Thai schools, because he had Down’s Syndrome.

Enter two retired well off Thais, Mr Praman and Mrs Yuvaret Sarakoses driven by their Buddhist beliefs wanted to help others & set up the Good Child Foundation to help poverty stricken kids falling into crime and deprivation. Triamsuksanayaiam School is one of their projects. Berni’s Mum & Dada made one last desperate appeal to a school to educate their son.

In a simple act of compassion  the Sarakoses said ‘Yes’

Berni was immediately accepted into the school. To demonstrate their gratitude, Berni’s parents, Paul and Rungthiwa volunteered to help to teach English.  With no teaching experience and no resources (for books etc.), they used songs to teach English. Songs from Celtic Football Club(Glasgow).

As you approach the school, you can hear the sounds of “The Fields of Athenry”, “The Town I loved so Well”, “Molly Malone” and “Dirty Old Town” Irish songs normally sung by Celtic fans sing – songs firmly rooted in the Celtic history of hardship, passion and pride.

Youtube Bridge Links Glasgow with Thailand

Things took a giant leap, when Glasgow people saw videos like the one above. Delighted Glaswegians sent donations. A steady flow. Eventually Celtic FC made the Good Child Foundation one of its official charities.  Video s like that above were shown on the big screens at the stadium – to the delighted of all fans.  This was ‘the most marvellous thing’ many fans had ever seen.

Enter 18 Year Old Glaswegian, Reamonn Gormley

Before starting university, a young, talented Glaswegian footballer offered his services as a volunteer for the summer. Along with another Irish student Paul and Rungthiwa took up  his offer. He taught English and sang with the children in the mornings and in the afternoons, he coached the football team (& played baseball). He had played for the Celtic youth team! He stayed with the Lennon’s and soon became like a son to them and like a big brother and best friend to Berni and his younger brother, Steven Noi. In the evenings he’d go to the river and fish with the old men.

Watching a video of Reamonn humbly saying goodbye in Thai and complimenting the whole country on its wonderful food and the most beautiful women in the world. He was relaxed and happy. He promised them he would come back next year.

A few months after returning home to Scotland, Reamonn Gormley was murdered. A mindless stabbing whilst being robbed by  Darren Maxwell, who was also a Celtic supporter. He even went to the same school, but Maxwell’s mother was a paranoid schizophrenic and his father was in and out of prison throughout his childhood.  Without resources & inspiration  these patterns continue,  kids falling deeper and deeper into crime. Something that Reamonn was helping to stop.

“It was music that kept their spirit free”

The Thai children sang these words in English. And it is true. Reamonn’s songs will be remembered forever in Thailand and his spirit lives on, still inspiring others.  In fact, in 2012, Paul and Rungthiwa Lennon, along with the support of the Celtic and Chanthaburi communities, somehow got 42 Thai children to travel to Glasgow. They sang for the fans at half time in Celtic Park. During their 3 week tour, they met everyone, including  Reamonn’s family.  Everywhere they went the were cheered. They even crossed the Irish Sea and visited Belfast where they played a concert and met the Lord Mayor. “Meeting them at the Titanic Museum (Belfast) and singing together was something I will never forget.” says Patrick Jackson, author of a wonderful article about Reamonn.

Having achieved more in his few short years than most of us do in a lifetime, Reamonn Gormley will be remembered. May Reamonn’s spirit continue to inspire us all.

 

http://www.goodchildfoundation.com

 

 

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http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Supporters+-+Paul+Lennon+and+The+Good+Child+Foundation+(Thailand)

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Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

– Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

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Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

- Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

– Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: 6 Nations Rugby Facts Fixtures & Quiz

Old Friends Become Enemies

– Rugby 6 Nations Championship

Yes it’s that time of year when old friends become enemies for 6 weeks. The 6 Nations Rugby Championship is back. Some say ‘normal hostilities are resumed’. Whichever way you look at it, the air tingles with excitement if you are lucky enough to get a ticket. And if no luck, well, we all (all 6 Nations fans) pile in together for 80 minutes of banter, tension, emotion and most of all fun. The brotherhood of rugby comes alive this time every year.

Montage 3 with UAE fans

So to ensure you are fully equipped and ready for the 6 Nations, here is the 6 Nations Rugby 2015 Fixtures,  2014 Results and Quotes  ‘from the voice of rugby’, the late, great, Bill McLaren.  You can actually read ‘6o Of The Best From Bill’ along with a beautiful piece written by Bill’s daughter, Linda, especially for the Great Sportsmanship Programme.  Please do add your own Bill McLaren quotes (in the comments section at the end). Please note you can download all the information below into a single A4 sheet – ideal for your phone, or as some tell me, they print & carry it in their wallet: download one single A4 sheet or just read on……

 

6N Top Half

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“A little bit of argy-bargy there.”

“Those props are as cunning as a bag o’ weasels.”

“He’s like a raging bull with a bad head.”

 “You wouldn`t want to meet him in a dark alleyway!”

“He could sidestep 3 men in a telephone box”

“He’s as quick as a trout up a burn.”

“Big Vleis Visagie – born when meat was cheap!”

On Finlay Calder – “hands like dinner plates!”

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

4 photos

Download all of the above  in one single A4 sheet  (plus the 10 question quiz)

Read some inspirational, true two minute rugby stories .

Or read ’60 Of the Best Bill McLaren quotes’ categorised by forwards, backs, running, tackling, kicking, line-outs, passing & ‘hard men’ (which are his most hilarious)!

Add your comment, quote or story – at the end of any article, or click ‘share your moment’.

Join us – become a Sportsmanship Ambassador

Share this – use the share buttons below.

Visit the BillMclarenFoundation.co.uk .

Enjoy the 6 Nations.

6 Nations Rugby 10 Questions Quiz

  1. Who scored more points than they conceded – but only just  – 101 points but conceded 100 points in 2014?
  2. What was the closest game last year?
  3. What was the second closest game last year?
  4. What was the score Italy v Irl in 2013?
  5. What was the score Italy v Fra in 2013?
  6. What was the unusual score Irl v Fra  in 2013?
  7. Who has won the most Triple Crowns since the 6 Nations was established in 2000?
  8. Who has won the most 6 Nations Championships (since being established in 2000)?
  9. Ireland pipped England in 2014 to win the Championship by 10 extra points scored. In 2013 Wales pipped England – by how many points scored  to win the 6 Nations: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70 or 80, 90, 100?
  10. If Wales had of won the 6 Nations Championship in 2014, they would have achieved something no other Welsh side (including halcyon heroes of the 70’s) nor any other 6 Nations team ever achieved. What was that?

 

 

 

Answers: (1) France   (2)   It v Scot  20-21   (3)   Scot v Fra 17-19  & Fra v Irl  20-22  (4) It v Irl  22-15  (5) It v Fra 23-18  (6) Irl v Fra 13-13   (7) Ireland   (8) France   (9) 40 points   (10) 3 in a row!

                                      

Bill McLaren (‘the voice of rugby’) Classic Quotes:

“You’ll notice Davies is standing very deep & that’s because

Jones can pass off either hand, just watch this ’Whooosh!!’

“It’s high enough, it’s long enough, it’s straight enough.”

“He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.”

“A twitter of a puck” (on Peter Dodds conversion attempt)

On Mark Andrews and Doddy Weir contesting a lineout

”They both go up like 2 pieces of white bread in a pop up toaster”

 

For more great Bill McLaren quotes click ‘60 0f Of The Best’ Bill McLaren quotes  

or go to www.GreatSportsmanship.org & insert ‘Bill McLaren’ (& add your own quotes)!

Partner link: Glasgow Celtic & Rangers Unite To Launch European Culture, Diversity & Sport (& Sportsmanship) Programme

Glasgow was a city divided by two football teams, two beliefs, two religions, two cultures with fierce animosity over the years. However much work has been done by open-minded people from both sides to unite youngsters and rid us of  out-dated bigotry.

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Rangers, Ally Dawson & Celtic’s David Hay hold the Great Moments Of Sportsmanship book above the Great Hall, Stormont, Belfast.

People like former professional footballers Ally Dawson, Rangers (left) and David Hay, Celtic (right) work relentlessly towards giving the next generation an open mind and optimism for a better world, through the medium of football. They both travelled to Belfast to launch the Culture, Diversity In and Through Sport manual which in rolls out to four countries and son, 28 European countries. The Great Sportsmanship Programme created one of the modules in this European STEMS project (Supporting the Transfer of Education and Mobility Strategies).

So I was also delighted to travel and speak at this innovative and inspirational launch in Stormont, Government Buildings, Belfast.

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Here’s the picture story of a truly great day. Starting with the early morning first London-Belfast flight.

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On a beautiful bright and crisp autumnal morning, here’s the first sighting of  Ireland, County Antrim and Belfast City in the distance.

 

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The Waterfront Hall and the famous Harland & Wolfe cranes at Belfast Docks (where the Titanic was built).

 

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Stormont Government Buildings, Belfast. I had the pleasure of walking every step up the beautiful avenue, up the hill, where these days, joggers jog this scenic route and passing cars drive graciously around photographers standing in the middle of the avenue.

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It really is an impressive building set in a wonderful landscape.

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With a great view of Belfast City and the surrounding countryside

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And then into the Great Hall, where Northern Ireland’s beloved footballing legend, George Best, RIP, was laid out for all the people to pay their respect and say their last farewell to the great man.

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                     Ally Dawson (Rangers)  & David Hay (Celtic)

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Following speeches by Robin Swan (MLA), Mary McIvor (Dept. For Employment & Learning), John Quinn (Southern Regional College), the Glasgow Alliance of  Ally and David’s joint presentation inspired the audience – their very  presence, working together, inspiring a new generation of kids in Glasgow and now spreading their work across Europe. Having trained and played football at the highest level, these two set the mark for a great day.

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Ally & David                      PR Smith             Ken McHugh (SARI) & me

It was difficult to match Ally & David’s sense of greatness, however here’s an extract from my speech:  “This manual called ‘Cultural Diversity In and Through Sport,’ forms the backbone of an educational programme that we launch today, which is designed, quite simply, to change the world.

“It is a radical learning application bringing a Human Rights based educational tool into the domain of Sport across Europe and beyond.

“It is significant that the lead partner of this enterprising project is the Southern Regional College of Northern Ireland.  Indeed, it’s appropriate that we launch this ‘Diversity and Sport,’ manual here in Belfast….where just up the road from Saintfield, was the birthplace of the father of the Scottish Enlightenment, Francis Hutchinson……..” See Full Speech (thanks to Ken McHugh, SARI, for his help). After this, Brian Doran (CEO Southern Regional College) wrapped up the launch and asked all parties to keep up the momentum.

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A room with a view. After the launch we stepped outside to enjoy the view and I also went back inside to look around.

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The Senate Chamber (photos 1 & 2) & the Assembly Chamber (right)

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After a long day we moved to a different chamber, one of Ireland’s finest pubs, The Crown, where the Victorian papier mache ceilings have been restored to perfection and the cosy snugs create such an intimate atmosphere (our  Scottish, Spanish and Italian colleagues loved it), in fact, the  whole historic pub radiates a wonderful warmth and energy.

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And so it’s farewell to Belfast City as I get the coach back to the airport to catch the last flight back to London. And where else in the world has an airport named after its finest footballing son……..?

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George Best – Belfast City Airport

Partner link: Glasgow Celtic & Rangers Unite To Launch European Culture, Diversity & Sport (& Sportsmanship) Programme

Glasgow was a city divided by two football teams, two beliefs, two religions, two cultures with fierce animosity over the years. However much work has been done by open-minded people from both sides to unite youngsters and rid us of  out-dated bigotry.

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Rangers, Ally Dawson & Celtic’s David Hay hold the Great Moments Of Sportsmanship book above the Great Hall, Stormont, Belfast.

People like former professional footballers Ally Dawson, Rangers (left) and David Hay, Celtic (right) work relentlessly towards giving the next generation an open mind and optimism for a better world, through the medium of football. They both travelled to Belfast to launch the Culture, Diversity In and Through Sport manual which in rolls out to four countries and son, 28 European countries. The Great Sportsmanship Programme created one of the modules in this European STEMS project (Supporting the Transfer of Education and Mobility Strategies).

So I was also delighted to travel and speak at this innovative and inspirational launch in Stormont, Government Buildings, Belfast.

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Here’s the picture story of a truly great day. Starting with the early morning first London-Belfast flight.

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On a beautiful bright and crisp autumnal morning, here’s the first sighting of  Ireland, County Antrim and Belfast City in the distance.

 

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The Waterfront Hall and the famous Harland & Wolfe cranes at Belfast Docks (where the Titanic was built).

 

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Stormont Government Buildings, Belfast. I had the pleasure of walking every step up the beautiful avenue, up the hill, where these days, joggers jog this scenic route and passing cars drive graciously around photographers standing in the middle of the avenue.

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It really is an impressive building set in a wonderful landscape.

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With a great view of Belfast City and the surrounding countryside

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And then into the Great Hall, where Northern Ireland’s beloved footballing legend, George Best, RIP, was laid out for all the people to pay their respect and say their last farewell to the great man.

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                     Ally Dawson (Rangers)  & David Hay (Celtic)

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Following speeches by Robin Swan (MLA), Mary McIvor (Dept. For Employment & Learning), John Quinn (Southern Regional College), the Glasgow Alliance of  Ally and David’s joint presentation inspired the audience – their very  presence, working together, inspiring a new generation of kids in Glasgow and now spreading their work across Europe. Having trained and played football at the highest level, these two set the mark for a great day.

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Ally & David                      PR Smith             Ken McHugh (SARI) & me

It was difficult to match Ally & David’s sense of greatness, however here’s an extract from my speech:  “This manual called ‘Cultural Diversity In and Through Sport,’ forms the backbone of an educational programme that we launch today, which is designed, quite simply, to change the world.

“It is a radical learning application bringing a Human Rights based educational tool into the domain of Sport across Europe and beyond.

“It is significant that the lead partner of this enterprising project is the Southern Regional College of Northern Ireland.  Indeed, it’s appropriate that we launch this ‘Diversity and Sport,’ manual here in Belfast….where just up the road from Saintfield, was the birthplace of the father of the Scottish Enlightenment, Francis Hutchinson……..” See Full Speech (thanks to Ken McHugh, SARI, for his help). After this, Brian Doran (CEO Southern Regional College) wrapped up the launch and asked all parties to keep up the momentum.

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A room with a view. After the launch we stepped outside to enjoy the view and I also went back inside to look around.

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The Senate Chamber (photos 1 & 2) & the Assembly Chamber (right)

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After a long day we moved to a different chamber, one of Ireland’s finest pubs, The Crown, where the Victorian papier mache ceilings have been restored to perfection and the cosy snugs create such an intimate atmosphere (our  Scottish, Spanish and Italian colleagues loved it), in fact, the  whole historic pub radiates a wonderful warmth and energy.

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And so it’s farewell to Belfast City as I get the coach back to the airport to catch the last flight back to London. And where else in the world has an airport named after its finest footballing son……..?

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George Best – Belfast City Airport

Partner link: Nice Guys Comes First – 1st Cap 1st Goal 1st Touch & A Win

Rejected by Liverpool as a schoolboy, 31 year old Rickie Lambert played professional football across all leagues in England and amateur football (while he had to work in a beetroot factory).

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Then, at the age of 31, and in the space of a week he celebrated the arrival of his third child, his first cap, his first international goal (scored with his very first touch) and simultaneously scored the winner at Wembley in an intense England v Scotland full international football match. Other players say he is a humble man, very grounded and his England team-mate, Oxlade-Chamberlain, said "He’s the nicest bloke in the world".

Although the journey from beetroot factory to Wembley via Macclesfield, Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Southampton has been unique, he now joins the elite club of great English football heroes who scored on their debut for their country including Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Alan Shearer.

Despite much adversity, (including his phone running out of battery while he took the call from the Football Association’s director of team operations telling him he had been selected to play for his country ), Lambert never gave up. His dedication, skills and passion and self belief came through for him.

So never give up and remember ‘Nice Guys Do Win’.

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