The Scottish Government and EventScotland yesterday launched the 2013 Games for Scotland programme at Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh. The £379,000 investment programme 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 ‘Commonwealth Moves’ events taking place in East Lothian, which will receive funding from the Games for Scotland programme. This, alongside events in each of the 31 other local authority areas, will aim to inspire Scots across the country by encouraging them to take part in events which celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage and role as host of the next Commonwealth Games.
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said: "With the theme around “One year to go”, the Games for Scotland programme encourages communities across Scotland to feel part of the excitement building around the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Thousands of people are able to join in this fantastic opportunity to celebrate our modern and vibrant culture, helping to deliver a legacy that Scots everywhere can feel proud of.”
Paul Bush, OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, said: “We’re delighted to be launching this, the fourth Games for Scotland programme on behalf of the Scottish Government. With activity taking place from 1 June - 31 August in venues from Dumfries & Galloway to Shetland, we encourage everyone to support their local event.
"With an exciting programme of dance events taking place in East Lothian in line with the Get Scotland Dancing initiative, which also forms part of this project, we couldn’t think of a better place to launch this year’s programme.”
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said: “With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, the eyes of the world are on Glasgow and Scotland as anticipation builds for what promises to be a truly outstanding sporting and cultural event. We’re delighted to be part of the Games for Scotland programme which gives people across the country a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in events celebrating Scotland’s role as host of the Games, as well as its heritage and cultural connection with the Commonwealth community.”