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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.”

Gold medalist sends inspirational note to pupil

The 100 and 200 meters Gold medallist Blessing Okagbare sent Scottish pupil Kaila Gallacher (P7) from St Cuthbert’s Primary School in South Lanarkshire an inspirational note (see below) on her departure.  Kaili’s art work was displayed in Blessing’s room and she wrote the note on a postcard provided as part of the Athletes’ Village Art competition. 

We believe Blessing’s message is worth sharing with you no matter what nationality, age or sporting inclination. It reads:  “Whatever you choose to be in life, choose wisely, believe in yourself and goals and the sky will be your limit (positive Goals).”

Many thanks for your encouraging words, Blessing and our very best wishes for your future challenges.

The Game On Scotland Team

Game On Scotland – Glow Meets

Join us for a series of 19 exciting montly Glow meets running throughout the academic year 2013/14.  The themed sessions are being broadcast live for all Glow users and will provide a wide variety of stimulating opportunities to engage with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.   

Who are the Glow meets for?
The sessions will allow practitioners and learners find out more and get directly involved in educational opportunities related to the Commonwealth Games.  Glow access is required to join the sessions.  

What types of Glow meets are on offer?
There will be two types of session:  
1.       CPD :  These are for educators who want  the latest information about programmes and initiatives relevant to specific curriculum areas.
2.      Learning Zone:  These will provide interactive learning opportunities with a specific curriculum focus for learners across all age groups.  

The Programme:

Full detail for each Glow Meet (programme, age group, participants etc.) will be available closer to the event.

 How do I join?

To register for a specific session follow go to the Glow TV sign-up area  .  If you wish to join on the day simply enter the Game On Scotland Glow Meet Channel.

Missed a session?

Don’t worry.  All sessions will be recorded and you can watch them again here.

Commonwealth Games Village – 1 Year Out

Commonwealth Games Village Zones

With less than a year to go until 4,500 top-class athletes from across the Commonwealth take up residence in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Village, 85% of the homes are already complete. The state-of-the-art facility will also feature a medical centre, shops, recreation areas and 24-hour dining facilities.

The site is Scotland’s first large-scale carbon neutral housing development and will begin its transformation for Games-mode at the start of next year. The Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Advisory Committee has been involved throughout the design stages of the project to ensure that it is more than just a bed between training and competition.

Athletes and officials will be accommodated within a range of properties – from terraced homes, to contemporary cubed townhouses – within the 35 hectare site which has been developed by City Legacy – a private sector consortium which is working with Glasgow City Council.

It was revealed on Friday (12/07) that at Games-time the Village site will be zoned and has four different areas appropriately named with a Scottish flavour as Clan, Castle, Mountain and Loch.

Ensuring the smooth operating of a Games village is a mammoth logistical task, requiring precision planning. In food terms alone more than 390,000 village meals will be served with more than 2,000 different menu items including 11,600 kg of mushrooms, 10,000 kg of garlic and 500,000 pieces of fruit.

Also expected to be used are:
– 30,000 towels
– 26,000 bed sheets and 12,600 pillow cases
– 20,000 toilet rolls
– 100,000 bin liners
– 1,400 litres of liquid soap

After the Games, the Athletes’ Village will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow as 700 homes will be available – 300 for private sale and 400 affordable houses for rental.

Thanks to Game On Scotland, your school can get involved, too, by signing up to our Athletes’ Village Art Competition. Every school which takes part will have its pupils’ work displayed in the bedrooms of the athletes and officials – make sure you grab your chance to be part of the action!

400 days to go!

Celtic Park, opening ceremony (artist impression)Today marks another milestone in the journey towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – there are only 400 days to go until the opening ceremony begins 11 days of top class sport in venues across Glasgow and Scotland. 400 days. That’s fewer than 58 weeks until the largest multi-sport and cultural event to ever arrive in Scotland opens its doors. Are you ready to make the most of the opportunity?

We’ve got information, resources and details of opportunities aplenty on the Game On Scotland site. It’s not just about sport either, the Games can provide a fantastic context for learning across the curriculum. You’ll find content relevant to every curricular area as well as inter-disciplinary and whole school materials, we’ve even got materials specifically designed for youth workers and CLD professionals.

We’ll be doing everything we can to assist teachers and educators to use the Games as a context, but it’s a team effort and we need the support of those same professionals to deliver the greatest success. As a starting point, make sure you tell the world about your Game On Challenge and get your school signed up for the Athletes’ Village Art Competition, both great ways to make sure the young people you work with are included in the Games.

On the Game On Scotland site you’ll find a wealth of materials to help and we’ll be regularly adding more, as 400 days turns into 399, then 398, 397…

Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Village Art Competition – register your interest now!

Game On Scotland is asking every school in Scotland to get their pupils to design posters to be placed in the rooms of the Athletes’ Village. We’ll guarantee to every individual school that takes part that their chosen artwork will be displayed in the village – your pupils’ work could end up in the bedroom of Usain Bolt, Tom Daley or any of the talented athletes coming to Scotland from all over the world. 

At the end of the Games, athletes and officials will be encouraged to take your art as a gift from the people of Scotland and, excitingly, to write back to you offering their thanks. 

Pre-register you interest for the competition now.