Schools back Youth Olympic Games Bid

School children have led the Olympic Day celebrations in Glasgow as a growing number of people back the city's bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Since being launched hundreds of school children have signed up to support the 'Be a Champion in Your Life' campaign, including pupils from St Bartholomew’s Primary School. 'Be a Champion in Your Life' encourages young people to be the best they can in all aspects of their lives and was unveiled at a stunning show at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The St Bartholomew’s pupils have teamed up with pupils from St Matthias School in London to work on a number of projects around the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The link was established through the Caledonian Club at Glasgow Caledonian University, which aims to increase aspirations among school children.

Central to Glasgow’s Bid are the values of friendship, respect and excellence that are also at the heart of the Youth Olympic Games. The city’s young people will embody those very values, which are being celebrated in the city on Olympic Day, as they lead the drive to bring the Games to the United Kingdom for the first time.

The Bid showcases Glasgow as a proud sporting city with a very real commitment to young people but it will also show that Glasgow and Scotland are ready to surprise the Olympic movement. Young people have played an active role in all aspects of the campaign including the creation of the Glasgow 2018 word mark.

Rhys Ryan, a primary seven pupil at St Bartholomew’s Primary School, said: “We have so many good football matches in Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games are also coming here in 2014, so it would be fantastic for the city to also get the Youth Olympic Games.”

St Bartholomew’s head teacher, Jane Saunders, said: “As a school we are right behind the Bid because it will give young people something to aspire to and will showcase Glasgow to the world. The Youth Olympic Games would open up a world of possibilities to young people.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council said: "The Be a Champion in Your Life campaign is inspired and led by young people and that is why it is fantastic that children from schools across the city are signing up to be part of it. Our young people are our strongest voice and we are delighted so many of them are already actively involved."

Glasgow 2018 Bid Director, Paul Bush, said: “It has been great to see the enthusiasm for Olympic Day events from young people in Glasgow. After half a million people watched the torch relay travel through Scotland, today’s celebrations have amplified the London 2012 buzz even further here.

"Glasgow is a city that really embraces sport and the Olympic spirit, and as the UK continues its Olympic journey that passion is only going to grow. Glasgow 2018 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build on the legacies of the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, and sustain their sporting, social and economic impacts for many years to come.”

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