Funding for this year’s Games for Scotland legacy programme was announced today (March 13, 2014) by the Scottish Government and EventScotland as part of Commonwealth Week. Taking place in all 32 local authorities, the programme, which celebrates our nation’s love of sport, culture, heritage and role as Games host, will link in with the Queen’s Baton Relay as it makes its way through Scotland on the way to the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July.
The £385k funded programme is administered by EventScotland and delivered by local authorities, which will see events take place as communities across the country welcome the baton. The Queen’s Baton Relay gives everyone the chance to be part of the excitement and countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural event, with Games for Scotland set to maximise the impact of celebrations.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the world’s most engaging relay, a unique tradition of the Games that unites the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace. By the time it arrives in Scotland on 14 June, the baton will have travelled over 190,000 kilometres through 69 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. It will then embark on a 40 day journey throughout the nation.
With the countdown to the Commonwealth Games well and truly on, Games for Scotland in 2014 aims to inspire more people than ever before to take part, with a real focus on lasting engagement in sport and physical activity, which forms an important part of Games Legacy.
Launched in 2010, the Games for Scotland programme is designed to inspire, develop and support a range of events throughout the country, which will engender pride in Scotland’s people around our hosting of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2013, over 112,000 people attended or participated in Commonwealth Games-themed sports and cultural activities as part of the programme.
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: “Legacy is embedded within everything we do around the Games and they have the power to motivate the people of Scotland and capture the imagination of communities throughout the country.
“The Games for Scotland programme is now well established, and over the course of five years of the project, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in sport and cultural activities. The funding announced today is the perfect link to one of the enduring symbols of the Games, the Queen’s Baton, during its relay across the whole of Scotland, visiting each of the 32 local authorities.
“This legacy programme will no doubt help to inspire and engender pride around our hosting of the Games.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The Games for Scotland has been hugely successful in spreading the message of the Games around Scotland’s communities since 2010. With the Queen’s Baton Relay making its way round Scotland in June and July there is a natural fit for the programme to support local authorities to maximise the impact of events celebrating its arrival.”
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity for thousands of people across Scotland to join the celebrations of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. By cheering on batonbearers and joining the events and activities in their communities, people up and down the nation will be taking part in a unique moment, one that will be remembered for years to come.”