Ibrox Community Hub
The Ibrox Community Hub (formerly known as Rangers Study Support Centre) was the first facility of its kind in Scotland and is operated as a partnership between Glasgow City Council Education Services, Rangers Football Club and the Rangers Charity Foundation.
Initially launched in the Govan Stand at Ibrox Stadium in November 2001 by then Education Minister Jack McConnell, a brand new £250,000 facility was re-opened in December 2006 in the Broomloan Stand by Mr McConnell in his role as First Minister.
The high-tech multi-media centre is equipped with the latest computers and modern teaching aids, as well as a reading zone, computer games zone and celebrity interview area. The Centre’s experienced staff devise programmes to suit the needs of individual groups.
The £250,000 centre aims to develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills, as well as developing health and wellbeing, confidence, self-esteem and motivation in young people throughout Glasgow and hosting a range of employabilty projects for both young people and adults. Many of the Foundation's wider community programmes are also delivered from the Hub, such as Recovery With Rangers, Football Fans in Training and Glasgow Veterans United
After visiting the Hub, the first Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented: “I have been very impressed by the scale and impact of Rangers Football Club’s community investment programme.
“The Club has succeeded in positively influencing issues such as health, crime, education and employability, which are key priorities in continuing to regenerate our country and create stronger, safer communities. The Club could be used as a model of best practice both for other football clubs and other community organisations dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives.”
The Hub's programmes have proved inspirational to thousands of children and adults, with its success becoming a model for similar initiatives around the country.
Football is a very powerful medium and is the perfect vehicle for stimulating and motivating young people. It can also open routes to other skills, knowledge and understanding.
Taking pupils out of the classroom lets them experience new possibilities, allowing them to enjoy experiences that aren’t possible within school. This invaluable resource is aimed at upper primary and secondary pupils, as well as the wider Glasgow community. The centre seeks to capitalise on the curricular and motivational contexts that football can easily provide.