Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games Shona Robison marked ‘1 month to go’ until the first Games for Scotland event yesterday at Meadowbank Sports Centre with children from St Thomas of Aquins High School in Edinburgh.
The Games for Scotland programme of events is a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a lasting legacy from the XX Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.
The first Games for Scotland event, the Tryathon, will be held at Meadowbank Sports Centre on 14 June when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Edinburgh. Children and families will be able to join in the excitement as the countdown to the Games begins and have a go at some of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports across the centre – from Lawn Bowls to Netball – alongside entertainment.
All local authorities in Scotland have received support through Games for Scotland to hold events along the Queen’s Baton Relay route - and in towns and cities where it stops - across Scotland from 14 June – 22 July. In a festive spirit events will be a cultural as well as sporting celebration of the Commonwealth Games and the Queen’s Baton Relay.
People across Scotland are being invited to join in the celebrations and participate in their local Games for Scotland event.
East Lothian will host storytelling from 17 – 19 June at The Brunton, Musselburgh, and other venues and a major performing arts event on 17 June with musical and interactive performances from The Pokey Hat;
Dundee will celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay with a mass Ceilidh in the City Square on 27 June, encouraging crowd participation in simple and enjoyable dance routines and a final performance by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society;
The Highlands are celebrating with a Commonwealth Flashmob Relay right around the Highlands led by Eden Court CREATIVE. Coordinated by a dance artist, local groups will perform in their local community and post their dance on YouTube to pass on the ‘baton’ to the next group, culminating in a Flashmob performance in Dingwall on 11 July;
West Dunbartonshire Leisure will be holding a junior version of the Loch Lomond Highland Games on 18 July involving young people in inspiring and traditional sporting activities and an event in Clydebank to include live music and entertainment;
The programme will finish up on 22 July after the Queen’s Baton Relay has reached Glasgow with ‘Message Unknown’, featuring the creation of a new dance performance piece which will see people expressing what Glasgow means to them.
Games for Scotland is a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a lasting legacy from the XX Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland. The £385k funded programme sees EventScotland supporting a number of events across all 32 local authorities.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: “Games for Scotland has been running since 2010 and has proven to be hugely popular so we’re really excited about the programme for this year, which looks to be the best yet. People across the country will have the opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay and Scotland’s role as host of the XX Commonwealth Games. Alongside the opportunity to try some of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports, local authorities are preparing to host parades, carnivals, storytelling and dance events, which will bring people together and promote sport and physical activity.”
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, said: “Games for Scotland is a fantastic programme to get individuals and groups across all 32 local authorities involved in physical and cultural activities in the build-up to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. The events will give people of all abilities the chance to try their hand at some of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports – and we might even discover some young stars of the future through it.
“We are securing a legacy for Scotland that will last long after the curtain falls on the closing ceremony in August. Games for Scotland is one of a number of programmes that are already encouraging people up and down the country to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. With Games for Scotland events taking place in every local authority between June 14 and July 22, there’s no excuse not to get involved. Even the smallest steps can make a change and I would urge everyone to give it a go.”
Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events champion at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It is vitally important that everyone at home has the chance to join in the fun and champion Team Scotland.
“On June 14, we are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Edinburgh – its first port of call in Scotland. The city has over 100 batonbearers, including a pupil from every secondary school, who will play an important part in the celebrations taking place throughout the day. “We are encouraging families to join in the celebrations by lining the streets and, if they’re feeling fit, to take part in our School Run through Holyrood Park. The event will culminate in Meadowbank Stadium, where a ‘Tryathon’ will offer children and young people the chance to try their hand at Commonwealth Games sports in the company of a host of sporting stars – not to mention the Queen’s Baton.”
Games for Scotland is designed to motivate and engage the people of Scotland in celebration of the country’s role as host of the XX Commonwealth Games and provides opportunities to get involved in physical activities as well as enjoy new artistic and cultural experiences. To date over 145,000 people have participated in 123 Games for Scotland events and over 220,000 spectators have been to the events.