Swinging city loses its grip

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
First it was the missing swimming pools. Now it's a bar on wall bars. Whatever next will Glasgow's PE teachers have to put up with as they contemplate their super-duper privately funded secondary schools?

School gymnasia, it seems, will never be the same again. A spokesperson for the council said wall bars were banned because they constituted an obstruction and were "a safety hazard", while another said that they would "corrupt the bounce of balls during games (sic )".

A scandal really that Falkirk didn't think of thiswhen it installed wall bars in all five privately built schools. In the new scheme of things in Glasgow, gymnasia walls will now be "durable and free from all projections".

One group will be pleased, however. Cleaners will no longer have to probe for the dust, dirt, sweetie papers, chewing gum and other unmentionable objects that gathered behind the projecting woodwork.

Surely a small price - price? who mentioned price? - for the only facility in a school that allowed pupils an upside-down view of the world.

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