The Scottish Government and EventScotland today (26th July) launched the 2012 Games for Scotland programme at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. The £600,000 investment programme, split across this year and next will support a series of events across the country designed to engage communities throughout Scotland in the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The launch was attended by Shona Robison, MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport and children from ‘The Games’ a North Lanarkshire event which will receive funding from the Games for Scotland programme. This, alongside 25 other local authority-run events, will aim to inspire Scots across the country by encouraging and motivating them to take part in events which celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage and role as host of the next Commonwealth Games.
North Lanarkshire’s event, ‘The Games’ will take place on 21 October and will provide an opportunity for families to participate in several of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports as well as well as provide dance participation opportunities to support the ‘Get Scotland Dancing’ initiative.
This year the Games for Scotland programme will also welcome the Glasgow 2014 mascot which will appear at some of the events throughout the country and help generate further awareness of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Games for Scotland programme is being delivered by EventScotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Plan - A Games Legacy for Scotland. It will be one of a number of initiatives in the lead up to Glasgow 2014 which bring together people of all ages and backgrounds developing healthier communities and a healthy nation ensuring the creation of a lasting legacy for the whole of Scotland.
For further information on Games for Scotland: www.eventscotland.org/gamesforscotland.