A golden chance for youngsters

PUPILS from across Glasgow celebrated the projects they have created ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

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Each school gave a presentation at the Emirates Arena showcasing the work carried out to secure a legacy for Glasgow 2014.

Last year, Glasgow Housing Association and Cube Housing ­Association pledged more than £55,000 for the Gold Medal Programme aimed at ­inspiring pupils to try a new sport or get ­involved in cultural activities.

Dozens of primary, secondary and additional support for learning schools ­applied for the funding and more than 10,000 children and young people benefited as a result.

There were performances including singing and dancing and a presentation on the Glasgow schools baton relay, which is making its journey around the city's schools and nurseries, mirroring the Queen's Baton across the Commonwealth.

Councillor Archie Graham, executive member for the Commonwealth Games, ­officially opened the celebrations.

He said: "We knew when we launched this Gold Medal programme that our young people would be very imaginative with their ideas to bid for funds and they came up trumps.

"This is legacy in action.

"I'm delighted that we are able to showcase some of these projects as we race towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games."

Gordon Sloan, chairman of GHA, said: "We are delighted to have supported this programme.

"Sport is a great way to have fun and stay fit and it's a great way to learn about other countries.

"Every youngster, school or community group which has taken part in the programme deserve gold medals."


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