‘Get Involved’ and celebrate the countdown to Glasgow 2014 during the summer holidays
Perth and Kinross Council, in partnership with Active Schools and Sports Development, are giving 200 young people from around the area to test their sporting prowess during the first week of the summer holidays at a series of special Commonwealth Games-themed sports and dance camps.
The ‘Get Involved’ camps will run from Monday 30 June to Friday 4 July at schools and sporting venues across Perth and Kinross.
The camps are funded through Games for Scotland – managed by EventScotland and a key part of Legacy 2014. The Games for Scotland programme of events are designed to inspire, motivate and engage the people of Scotland in the run up to the XX Commonwealth Games.
Come and try sessions of sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, mountain biking and track cycling, dance, hockey, judo, netball, rugby sevens, table tennis and triathlon will feature at the events on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 July, and sessions of dance will take place from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July.
Two Team Scotland athletes who will be competing at Glasgow 2014 – Natalie Milne from Kinross (Triathlon) and Gillian Edwards from Blairgowrie (Table Tennis) – will be attending the events on the afternoon of Friday 4 July (1.00 – 2.30pm) at North Inch Community Campus.
The dance camps (which will be held at campuses at North Inch, Loch Leven, Starthearn, Breadalbane and Blairgowrie) are supported through Get Scotland Dancing. Forty young dancers will have the opportunity to spend five days practicing and perfecting a specially choreographed routine that will be performed as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay celebrations in Perth as the baton travels by Horsecross Plaza (Perth Concert Hall) prior to reaching its final destination at North Inch Park at approximately 6.30pm on 4 July.
A celebration event will take place at North Inch Park from approximately 6.30 – 7.30pm at North Inch Park as the Baton is handed over for the next stage of the Relay.
In 2014, the Games for Scotland programme is supporting all Local Authorities to give them the opportunity to commemorate the Queen’s Baton Relay’s journey across Scotland. The programme is part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Games coming to Scotland – and gives young people and adults the opportunity to try some of the Commonwealth Games sports alongside cultural activities, inspiring Scots to enjoy active and healthy lives and get behind Team Scotland.
Provost Liz Grant said, “Encouraging people to get active is a key strand of Perth & Kinross Council’s Legacy programme, and I’m delighted that we are working with partners to provide these exciting opportunities for young people. Along with the activities and events planned to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to Perth, this will bring a real buzz to the city.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “We are delighted to be working with Perth and Kinross Council to deliver an inspiring and motivating event, building excitement in the run up to the 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. The diverse programme of sport and dance events, which this year additionally celebrate the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay, extend the legacy of the Games beyond the host city to benefit communities throughout Scotland.”
Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights, Shona Robison, said: “The XX Commonwealth Games are fast approaching and, as we gear up to what will be the best Games ever, I am delighted that the Games for Scotland programme is going strong, encouraging communities across the country to feel part of the excitement that is building around the event.
“The programme, which is part of our Legacy 2014 pledge, has already inspired thousands of people in Scotland to take part in sport and cultural activities. We are showing the world that we are a nation proud of our culture and diversity – and that this legacy will continue long after the closing ceremony of the Games at Hampden Park.”