Commonwealth next on sporting agenda
Published at 21:37, Wednesday, 08 August 2012
KIDS will be going for gold when they take part in a sports event representing different Commonwealth countries.
The Active Games Final will take place across three sporting venues in Dumfries on Saturday, September 22.
More than 400 children will compete in eight sports in their separate school clusters.
The day will also include opening and closing ceremonies and provide a sport celebration that is inclusive and accessible with the aim of inspiring a new generation of athletes.
Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Ivor Hyslop said: “This year’s Active Games Finals has been revamped to increase participation in grass roots sport and sports competition. The main enhanced Active Games format has the potential to realise a meaningful sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.”
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said: “This year’s impressive Games for Scotland programme highlights the passion and enthusiasm communities in Scotland have for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Importantly, the programme will give thousands of people the opportunity to be part of the building excitement as we move closer to 2014.
“The wide and diverse nature of the Games for Scotland programme illustrates perfectly that there’s more to the 2014 Games than just sport. The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture, delivering a legacy Scots can be proud of both now and in the future.”
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 chief executive said, “With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to a close, the attention and focus will now turn to Glasgow and Scotland as proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the excitement is already building across the country.
“We’re delighted that Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding their Active Games Finals as part of the Games for Scotland programme and we hope people will go along and join in the excitement.
“The programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to participate in a number of fascinating events that will celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage and role as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”
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