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  • 11 June 2014

    Borders school performs the ‘Hawick-a’ for Legacy Week

    In celebration of Legacy Week, school children from Drumlanrig Primary School, Loan today (10th June) took part in final rehearsals for their Hawick-a (Haka) performance, which combines the traditional New Zealand Haka and a Borders Common Riding song, to capture the spirit and legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

    The performance was created by local primary and secondary school children in Hawick and has been an extremely collaborative and educational experience for those involved. Children have been learning to drum and dance and have also created colourful carnival head dresses and Commonwealth flags to create a lasting impression from their performance.

    The dance will be part of a full day of celebrations to mark the arrival of the Queens’ Baton Relay to The Borders on 18th June to include – music from Clanadonia, The Big Parade of over 300 school pupils, dance showcases and free concerts from a host of performers.

    The Haka Hawick celebrations form part of the Games for Scotland programme of events, supported by EventScotland and a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a legacy through Scotland’s role as host of the XX Commonwealth Games. The programme is designed to give people across Scotland the opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay in their area and feel motivated and inspired by the Games.

    Ms Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “The Haka Hawick performance really embraces the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and is an excellent example of how Games for Scotland is inspiring Scots to actively participate in events which celebrate Scotland’s culture and heritage, and showcase Scotland as a welcoming host to our international friends.

    “This is a great example of how young people are being inspired by the Commonwealth Games and helping to create a lasting legacy.  So far, over 250,000 school pupils are benefitting from Game on Scotland legacy programme.”

    Olivia Roper, Performing Arts Coordinator, Scottish Borders Council said: “We wanted to create something truly memorable to celebrate the Queens Baton Relay and our Games for Scotland funding enabled us to be really creative with our approach.  The children have all worked really hard on their performance and we’re all honoured to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.”

    Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “We’re really excited by The Scottish Borders Council’s plans for their Games for Scotland event this year – it’s a great event for young people to be involved in and will build excitement in the area in the run up to the XX Commonwealth Games.

    “The Games for Scotland programme has been spreading the message of the Games around Scotland’s communities since 2010 and has proved to be hugely popular. There is a diverse programme of events across the country this summer from dance to storytelling and sports activity sessions. We’re delighted that the team have come up with something really creative that celebrates our ties to the rest of the Commonwealth and gives young people the opportunity to be part of something unforgettable.”

    Visit www.legacy2014.co.uk for more information.

    Category: Games for Scotland News

  • 14 May 2014

    Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison launches Games for Scotland 2014 Programme

     

    CABINET SECRETARY FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES SHONA ROBISON MARKS ‘1 MONTH TO GO’ UNTIL COMMUNITY EVENTS KICK OFF TO CELEBRATE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY
    1 month to go until first Games for Scotland event on 14th June
    Carnivals, parades and flashmobs just some of the events taking place across the country as part of Games for Scotland as the nation counts down to The XX Commonwealth Games
    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. 
    Highlights: 
    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. 
    People can find more information about their local events by visiting www.gamesforscotland.com and share in the excitement by tweeting about their Games for Scotland experiences using #Legacy2014.

    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. 

     Highlights: 

     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. 

     People can find more information about their local events by visiting www.gamesforscotland.com and share in the excitement by tweeting about their Games for Scotland experiences using #Legacy2014.

    Category: Games for Scotland News

  • 31 May 2013

    Commonwealth Moves launch 2013 Games For Scotland programme with One Year to Go!

    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.”

    For further information on Games for Scotland visit www.eventscotland.org/gamesforscotland. For further information on Glasgow 2014 go to www.glasgow2014.com

    Category: Games for Scotland News

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