Glasgow Youth Games check-in at Glasgow Airport
27 March 2013
Children gearing up for Scotland's largest youth games event checked in at Glasgow Airport this week.
Mosspark Primary School was the first to enrol for the 2013 Glasgow Youth Games, sponsored by Glasgow Airport, and its pupils and teachers are encouraging their counterparts from schools across the city to join them.
The Glasgow Youth Games play an important role in raising the profile of sport within schools and this will be the 10th year Glasgow Airport has sponsored the event.
For many children it is their first taste of a large-scale sporting occasion and often leads to a renewed interest in sport.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "The Glasgow Youth Games is a fantastic event and one we have been proud to be associated with for 10 years.
"As we draw ever closer to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Youth Games will provide the perfect platform to promote sport for all and hopefully encourage the 3,000 participants to try a wide variety of events with the added incentive of performing in two of the city’s world class venues."
Over 3,000 youngsters are expected to enjoy everything from athletics to volleyball, when they are given the opportunity to participate in ‘come and try’ sessions in any one of 13 sports. The games take place at two of the city’s world-class sporting venues, Scotstoun Stadium and the Kelvin Hall International Sporting Arena.
The spirit of the games is fun, with an emphasis on taking part. The secondary games differ from the primary ones in that it is competition based with a winner in each sport, but every child receives a t-shirt, certificate and goodie bag for participating in the games.
Headteacher of Mosspark Primary School, Mrs Castle, said: "These games are so important. For many of our pupils this is their first opportunity to join in a sporting occasion on this grand scale. The feedback after last year’s event was wonderful; the kids were bright red, but beaming from ear to ear and keen to show off their certificates.
"Most importantly it encouraged many of the children to carry on with the sports they tried. I would wholeheartedly encourage all schools in the city to sign up for what is always a great day."
Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member of the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham said: "I’m immensely proud of the Glasgow Youth Games and all they do to develop a love for sport amongst our schoolchildren. I would urge all teachers, parents and children to get their school involved in one of the city’s sporting highlights."
There is a dedicated primary school event on 17 May and a separate secondary school event on 31 May. Both provide thousands of children, regardless of their ability, with the chance to try new sports in some of Glasgow’s most iconic sporting venues.
You can register by calling 0141 287 9866 and registration closes on 19 April.