Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is encouraging residents to join the celebrations ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“We are just over a year away from what will be a fantastic summer for Scottish Sport and the fun and excitement is really starting to build.
“School children across Scotland have been asked to create a piece of art that will decorate the bedrooms in the Athletes’ Village where the athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth will be staying.
“I hope some of our talented East Kilbride pupils will be inspired to take part. The winning designs will be gifted to the visitors as a memento of their time in Scotland, and athletes will be encouraged to send a note expressing their personal thanks back to the young artists. Who knows, a young East Kilbride artist may get a thank you note from Usain Bolt or Michael Jamieson!
“Game On Scotland is an excellent educational programme that will use the Commonwealth Games as an inspiring and fun context for learning across the curriculum. With the website now live, teachers and educators across Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth can access a range of educational resources for learners of all stages including film and image banks, Games history, sport profiles and materials on the Commonwealth.
“On top of this, the Big Lottery Fund has announced a special £4m fund to allow people around Scotland to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games through grants of £500 to £10,000 to arts, heritage, sports and community groups to hold one-off events. Applications for this fund are now open and I hope many people and groups in East Kilbride will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to celebrate the Games coming to Glasgow.”
Notes to news editors:
1. Schools can apply only by registering on the Game On Scotland website at www.gameonscotland.org. Competition packs will be issued in August with winning entries announced in early 2014.
2. Game On Scotland is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow 2014, Education Scotland and Glasgow City Council.
3. Scottish Government / Legacy 2014
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring the Games delivers positive and lasting benefits for the whole of Scotland through Legacy 2014, the Government’s programme to capitalise on the economic, social and cultural advantages of the Games. Whilst the Games will provide us with 11 days of spectacular sport, Legacy 2014 is focussed on delivering jobs, training opportunities, strengthening the economy, developing cultural connections at home and internationally and inspiring people to be more active.
For more information visit www.legacy2014.co.uk
4. Glasgow 2014
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 250 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
5. Big Lottery Funding
Celebrations can be a single one-off event or activities which end with a celebration event.
To achieve our aim we want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:
• Communities come together through arts, heritage, sports and local celebrations of the Commonwealth Games.
• Communities celebrate the people, places and culture of the commonwealth.
More information, including case studies and the application form can be found on the Celebrate website at http://www.celebrateit.org.uk/