Young People to Carry Commonwealth Games Legacy

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With less than 150 days to go until the Commonwealth Games, 21 Active Champions, young volunteers from across the North East of Glasgow and whom are part of community legacy project Active East, engaged in a training residential at the Edinburgh Hilton Hotel in partnership with Youth Scotland.

The training equipped the young volunteers with the skills they need to deliver their own physical activity programme. The event focused on Education Through CashBack (ETC) modules such as 'Benefits of Physical Activity' and 'Goal Setting'.

Part of the training weekend included a 'Plan Your Own Programme' session which saw three groups focussing on community project ideas to address a problem or need for young people aged 12-25 under the themes of "physical, mental and social". The Youth Scotland panel were so impressed they agreed to fund £600 for each of the three group ideas. These projects will now be delivered in the east of Glasgow, providing more opportunities for young people to get active, showing how the Games will positively affect the east of the city.

Youth Scotland, Youth Active Manager, Rebecca Simpson said:

"Active East is working with the coaches and volunteers of tomorrow who will be at the heart of building a meaningful legacy. At Youth Scotland we are delighted to be working with Scottish Sports Futures, Active East and Education Through Cashback programmes to support these inspirational young people at the beginning of their journey. Through the training they have the opportunity to develop skills around engaging, understanding and developing young people through sport and physical activity".

Active Champion Si Yuan who is 17 years old and won Coach of the Year at the Active East Awards Night said: "I enjoyed the training and look forward to using them in my sessions". Si Yuan leads Basketball Sessions with 2 of his peers from Reidvale Youth and Action which engages an average of 30 participants each week.

Scottish Sport Futures CEO Ian Reid said: "We are delighted to have 2 legacy mark programmes in Active East and the Education through CashBack initiative, both programmes promote personal development, maximise the impact of sport and physical activity while supporting those who deliver to the wider youth community.  We are excited to see what a true legacy will look like for the city of Glasgow and across Scotland".

Active Mentor Michaela Munro attended the residential training weekend to support the Active Champions and lead on a reflective activity and creative evaluation session. She said:

"Active East is an excellent opportunity for young people across the north east of Glasgow to discover, develop and nurture an array of skills, knowledge and experience. As an Active Mentor, I support and encourage the Active Champions to take a leading role in delivering their own programme of physical activity within their communities."