CELTIC FC FOUNDATION: John Paul Academy – Junior Steps Challenge


A team of pupils from John Paul Academy in Glasgow have completed the ‘Paradise Steps Challenge’ to  raise funds for Celtic FC Foundation. This took place at Celtic Park on Friday, 22nd May 2015, with the brave participants climbing up and running down all 8,000 or so steps in the stadium. Each has been tasked with raising a minimum of £125 in sponsorship.

This epic challenge, not for the feint-hearted, involved every step in both the lower and upper tiers, across all four stands.  The challenge is the equivalent of running up and down Big Ben 12 times and up and down the CN Tower, the tallest free standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, twice!

Celtic FC Foundation CEO, Tony Hamilton, said: “This was an incredible undertaking and we are very grateful to the pupils at John Paul Academy. They are outstanding ambassadors for the school and I’m sure all staff, pupils and families are exceptionally proud of them. It’s just wonderful that they have selected Celtic FC Foundation to benefit from their magnificent efforts and I think it’s fitting that other children and young people will receive assistance through our provision of positive, healthy activities.”

The inspiring group of young people were put through a tough training regime, led by PE teacher, Paul Cassidy.

He said ahead of the challenge: “This is a momentous challenge for our young people. We were inspired by The Paradise Steps Group who completed the challenge last year, and we are very much looking forward to continuing their legacy. We are committed to promoting a positive and healthy lifestyle for our young people at John Paul Academy and they have displayed a tremendous commitment to improving their fitness levels in preparation for the event. The fact that we can combine this by raising money for the Celtic FC Foundation also gives our pupils a tremendous sense of achievement in making a positive contribution to the lives of young children in Glasgow’

Celtic FC Foundation’s four priorities are to improve Health, promote Equality, encourage Learning and tackle Poverty. The net proceeds of this event will assist development of our work providing opportunities for local disadvantaged children and young people to take part in positive, healthy activities.

You can lend your support to the group from John Paul Academy here –http://mydonate.bt.com/events/stepchallenge2015/215881 – or by calling 0141 551 4231.”

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