This Girl Can Too!

Get Inspired pic 2BBC’s Get Inspired project aims to encourage people to get involved and get active.

BBC Scotland is delighted to host this live online event and invites you to join presenter Martel Maxwell for a Q&A with a panel of top female athletes including

  • Beth Tweddle – Britain’s most successful gymnast
  • Gemma Fay – Scotland’s most capped footballer
  • Hannah Miley – Double Commonwealth Gold medallist


When? Thursday 19th March, 1.30-2.30pm

Why not make this into a lunch event for girls in the senior school?

This is part of the This Girl Can Too BBC Sport campaign to encourage women to become more active. Head to the website where there are a number of video interviews with top athletes and links to opportunities in your local area.

Some of the BBC’s best-known female presenters have joined this national campaign, proving that women of all ages can participate in sport and exercise as much as they like and still be confident about their appearance.

It is easy to keep up to date with Facebook and Twitter #ThisGirlCanToo

Legacy Week 2015



A week dedicated to highlighting the Legacy of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games is almost here.

Legacy Week (9th-15th March 2015) throws a spotlight on the impact, opportunities and benefits of legacy activity across Scotland. With over 60% of the Commonwealth population under the age of 30, it is hardly surprising that the theme for 2015 is “A Young Commonwealth”.

Legacy week begins on Monday 9th March with Commonwealth Day.

A range of information and resources to support learning inspired by the context of the Commonwealth is available online. We have highlighted some to help get you started!

Our Commonwealth – an educational booklet (free download) to support learning at Early and First level.

Young Commonweatlh – a website to support learning at Early and First level covering a range of topics including information about the Commonwealth, an interactive international map, diversity and unity and a range of resources and competitions.

An Interactive International map charts current environmental, economic and rights projects taking place across the Commonwealth. There are links to a range of articles to support learning at Second, Third and Fourth levels across a number of themes including democracy, economic development, governance, social development and youth.

Education Scotland has published staff development materials to support learning around Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights.

Visit the Education Scotland Children’s Rights Blog for  ideas to underpin learning opportunities around Global citizenship, Learning for Sustainability and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The latest Opening Up Great Learning publication from Education Scotland highlights ways in which schools are increasing the ability of learners to link and apply different kinds of learning in new situations and develop a greater depth of understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it.

Across communities in Scotland, the legacy of the Games is being continued through a number of #Legacy2014 programmes.

Check out the legacy website for the latest news.

Find out about legacy in action, and what is happening near you.

No matter what your interest or expertise, you can be part of it, making a difference in your local community.

Keep up to date with the latest legacy news. Sign up to the legacy newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out on great opportunities.

Follow the legacy story on twitter @legacy2014scot and share your own stories #legacy2014

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Game On Scotland: Celebration Event

On 30th October 2014, Glasgow City Chambers was the fantastic venue for an action packed day of activity to celebrate the culmination of Game On Scotland. Over 100 children and young people from schools across the country made it along to this special event which showcased some of the many Commonwealth Games-themed learning experiences enjoyed by children throughout the country.

The event was hosted by Young Ambassadors Sam Donnelly and Robbie Henderson. Along with fellow ambassadors Paige McMahon and Rachel Law, they each shared their own unique experiences and perspectives of Glasgow’s Games.

Paige spoke about her role as a Young Ambassador and the sense of pride she felt whilst representing her local authority in the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Sam urged young people to grasp every opportunity available to them – “…just say yes and be open to new experiences.” Robbie reflected on overcoming personal challenges and disappointments whilst Rachel shared her passion for encouraging and motivating young people to become more active.

The day gave a real snapshot of the different ways in which schools across the country have created inspirational learning opportunities for children and communities around the context of the Commonwealth Games. Youngsters from Kinlochbervie ASG shared their cluster challenge and St Thomas’ gave us behind the scenes information about their highly successful East 40 charity single “Let the Games Begin”. Rathen Primary described their exploration of the Commonwealth values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny and how these contributed to their understanding of Global Citizenship.

Young people were definitely the focus of the day with teams from schools leading Learning Zone activities which included science, biomechanics, equalities and teamwork. We were also treated to some fantastic performances – the Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School) thrilled us with their rousing Haka whilst Bonnybroom Nursery’s choir treated us to a rendition of a song inspired by the Commonwealth Games.

We were delighted to be joined by some top athletes too! Sammi Kinghorn, current European Champion gold medallist, T53 wheelchair racer and Commonwealth Games finalist, appeared alongside Aileen Nelson from Team GB’s wheelchair curling squad, hockey centre forward Alisa Wylie and Team Scotland wrestler Fiona Robertson. They were on hand throughout the day, sharing sporting tips, answering questions, signing autographs and posing for the odd selfie.

Active Zone activities in the afternoon ensured there was little time for rest. A round robin extravaganza of boccia, indoor curling, water relay, hockey and ball throw challenge kept everyone on their toes.

Claim your Plaque!

Time is running out to receive recognition for all the great learning you did to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. With just 3 short steps your school could be on course to gain this unique award. We know you are busy, so have made things super easy
1. Download the Claim your Plaque form
2. Complete the details – this should take no more than 10 minutes
3. Email it to – job done!

Hurry though as cut off dates are fast approaching – get your form to us by 5pm on Monday 1st December and in no time at all, we will process your application and get your very own Game On Scotland Plaque on its way to you before the end of term.

Young Scot: Podium Programme


Now that we have all had some time to catch our breath after the magnificent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Young Scot and Legacy 2014 are working together to offer young people involved in the Legacy programmes and projects further opportunities to shape their communities.

The partnership is delivering a short programme to engage young Legacy 2014 volunteers and participants to celebrate and document the work that has been done, gather ideas to build upon the legacy even further and make connections to immediate opportunities.

PODIUM workshop events are open to those that participated (aged 14-26) and volunteered in Legacy 2014 programmes and initiatives and programme/project leads/workers.

There are 4 events being held across Scotland later this month. To ensure your programme/project is represented please share the most relevant location(s) with your contacts and encourage participation in one of the upcoming events detailed below:

Wednesday 19th November
Oasis Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
6:30 – 8:30pm
Book a place

Thursday 20th November

Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow
6:30 – 8:30pm
Book a place

Tuesday, 25th November
The Shore, Dundee
6:30 – 8:30pm
Book a place

Thursday 27th November
YS Office, Edinburgh
6:30 – 8:30pm
Book a place

Any questions, contact Danielle Logan –
0131 313 2488

We look forward to seeing you.

The Young Scot Team


 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Kimberley and Louise Renicks were at St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton today as part of a series of athletes’ school visits which are taking place across the country until the end of the year.

Through Game on Scotland, a Legacy 2014 programme delivered by a partnership between the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council, schools the length and breadth of Scotland have been applying for the chance to receive a visit from one of Team Scotland’s athletes.

The initiative, funded by the Scottish Government, will give pupils a valuable insight into the life of a professional athlete, providing inspiration for all aspects of their lives with focus on the importance of personal qualities such as discipline, determination, aspiration and sportsmanship.

Sixty schools in Scotland are benefitting from a visit, with athletes including Steph Inglis (Judo), Sean Docherty (table tennis), Lee Craigie (mountain biking) and Vikki Bounce (hockey)  already confirmed.

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “Game On Scotland, run by Education Scotland, has been a massive success, using the Commonwealth Games as a context for learning across the curriculum with over 250,000 pupils in Scotland connected with the programme.

“It is brilliant to see the legacy of Glasgow 2014 being extended for learners in such an interactive way and I hope the athletes’ visits will provide yet more exciting memories for the pupils to cherish.”

Klaus Mayer, development officer at Education Scotland, said: Building on the overwhelming success of the Commonwealth Games and the learning experiences young people have been enriched with as a result, Game On Scotland now aims to provide opportunities to continue its legacy.  Through the visit programme athletes and young people can share their visions for the future and inspire each other to be the best they can be whatever the context.  

Louise Renicks said: “Kimberley and I feel privileged to be able to share our experiences as athletes with learners through the Game On Scotland visits programme.  We believe as role models we can inspire young people to be the best they can be in life, no matter what their circumstances, preferences or abilities. We really enjoy contributing to the learning experiences in schools by sharing our skills, talking about failure and success and discipline as well as promoting values such as fairness and sportsmanship. ”

Gerry Campbell, general manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “The success of Glasgow 2014 has provided a great opportunity for a whole host of agencies to use the positive images of sport and physical activity from Glasgow 2014 to inspire young people and others to engage in sport. Visits to local schools and sports clubs by athletes from Team Scotland are highly motivational and South Lanarkshire welcome any opportunity to get involved in such visits”

Glow meet: Celebrate Success, 30 October

Join us live from Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 30th October to hear from learners and athletes about their Games experiences and future ambitions.

9.30 – 10.15 – Team Scotland athletes share their stories and answer your questions. This interactive session will feature athletes from a variety of sports

10.30 – 10.45 – Key notes:  Young people present their own Games journeys and speak about their personal success as well as their ambitions and hopes in the wake of the Games.

Register for the event and join us live on the day.

New Glow Meet offers on Game On Scotland

Game On Scotland will run a number of Glow Meets in order for learners to relive their Games experiences, connect with Team Scotland athletes and consider the wider legacy implications of the Games such as Scotland’s international reputation, global issues such as inclusion, diversity or justice (Glow access is required to join these sessions).

Initial offers include the following Glow meets for learners:

  1. ‘Golden Moments’:  Meet Louise Kimberley Renicks, judo gold medallists; 24 September 11 – 11.30am.   Join this exclusive session here:

Louise and Kimberley will speak about their experiences of becoming Commonwealth Champions within the space of a day from each other.  They will also share with learners some  their special Games moments as well as the secrets to success.  A highly inspiring session with the chance of young people to interact with Louise and Kimberley and have their questions answered.  

                 2. ‘Celebrate success’:  Join us live from Glasgow City Chambers to hear from learners and athletes about their Games experiences and future ambitions; 30 October:

  • 9.30 – 10.15:  Team Scotland athletes share their stories and answer your questions.  This interactive session will feature athletes from a variety of sports who will present their experiences as well as ambitions around the Games in order to inspire young people across Scotland.  Learner participation will be at the heart of this session.


  • 10.30 – 10.45:  Key notes:  Young people present their own Games journeys and speak about their personal success as well as ambitions and hopes in the wake of the Games.

Game On Scotland at the SLF 2014

Join us at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival to reflect on the benefits the education programme delivered, discuss its legacy components and the potential long term impact.  Gold medallist Louise and Kimberley Renicks will join us to talk about their remarkable achievements and the experiences with the Game On Scotland athlete visits programme.

Seminar: The educational impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games ( Wed, 24 Sept @9.30am, Alsh 1)

This seminar will showcase the breadth and depth learning experiences provided by schools across Scotland and beyond through Game On Scotland, the official education programme for the Commonwealth Games. Supported by speakers that were at heart of the Games and its education programme, this session will recall some of the most exciting initiatives schools have been involved in around the Commonwealth Games and highlight the success of key partner programmes at the same time. The seminar will examine the impact of the education programme to date and allow discussion around the educational legacy of the Games.

Presenters: Klaus Mayer (Education Scotland), Steven Kidd (Education Manager, Glasgow 2014)

Sign up to our seminar here (Wed. 24 Sept – 9.30, Alsh 1)

Conversation session, Area A( Wed. 24 Sept @12 noon, main exhibition area )

Speak to a number of teachers, athletes and programme managers involved with Game On Scotland to find out more about the legacy plans and follow-on projects in the wake of the ‘most successful Games ever’.

Keynote seminar: “We all need good role models” (Thursday, 25 Sept, 11.15am, Lomond Auditorium)

Join Sir Bill Gammel (Chairmand and Co-Founder of of the Winning Scotland Foundation) and the Health and Wellbeing team from Education Scotland to discuss the impact good role models can have on children and young people. Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

Sign up for the seminar here.

Related keynote: Sport’s learning edge at 2014, Wed.24 Sept.,  12.30

Frank Dick, former British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching, is delivering a keynote at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival. Focussing on sport’s learning edge Frank will talk about the importance of leadership, the balance between challenge and support and how getting this right equips young people with relevant skills and experience.

Find our more about this seminar and sign up here

Athletes’ thank-you to young artists from Wick

This is a moving story which we have picked up from the John O’Groats Journal and Caithness Courier stands synonymous for all those inspirational memories that the Commonwealth Games have created and will live on in the hearts, minds and diaries of young people across Scotland.
You must read to the end!

“A NUMBER of pupils from Hillhead Primary in Wick have returned to school after the summer break to receive postcards from athletes and coaches who participated in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The school participated in the Game On Scotland athletes’ village art competition where pupil artwork was produced to decorate the bedrooms of the athletes and team members who attended the games.

Each piece of work was accompanied by a stamped, addressed postcard and the school had produced special postcards which showed the pupil with their work.

From the 12 pupils who submitted pictures, the school received seven replies. Beverley Jones, a para long jump medallist, and Carys Parry, a Welsh hammer thrower, wrote back to Primary 7 pupil James Thain and Primary 3 pupil Milissa Keenan.

The English gymnastic team responded well to the initiative. Primary 7 pupils Tyler Orbell, Kevin Plowman and Emma Hamilton received cards back from the team manager, Mike Weinstock, and coach Liz Kincaid who said: “Hi Emma, thank you for your gymnastics picture. I am afraid you didn’t get a famous gymnast but the team England coach… I love the picture.”

England’s double gold gymnastic medallist Becky Downie wrote back to Primary 7 pupil Joshua Frain saying: “Thank you so much for the lovely picture and making me smile when I first entered my room.”

The English gymnastic star Kristian Thomas, who won a gold and two silver medals, sent a postcard to Primary 3 pupil Eilidh Forbes which said: “Thanks for the great drawing. It looked brilliant on my wall above my bed.” He also e-mailed a photograph of himself holding Eilidh’s picture to the school.

In the accompanying note he wrote, “Just want to say a big thank you to Eilidh Forbes for the fantastic drawing. It was displayed in my room at the Commonwealth Games and definitely encouraged me to go win my medals!”

This has special relevance for Eilidh as along with her mum, dad, brother Calum and sister Lena she was a spectator at the gymnastics events in Glasgow when Thomas won his two silver medals. At the time she was completely unaware that her picture hung in the athlete’s bedroom.”

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