Local schools prepare for Active Games

The Douglas Ewart Primary Cluster, Team Jamaica.
The Douglas Ewart Primary Cluster, Team Jamaica.

DUMFRIES and Galloway Council this week started preparing for the Active Games finals that will take place across three sporting venues in Dumfries on Saturday, September 22.

The enhanced and enlarged event is one of the council’s main games legacy initiatives and through funding provided by EventScotland is now part of the Games for Scotland programme.

The programme, managed by EventScotland, forms a key part of the Scottish government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland and is designed to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of Scotland in the run-up to the 2014 event.

The Active Games will see more than 400 children from across the region compete in eight sports representing Commonwealth countries in their separate school clusters.

The day will also include opening and closing ceremonies and provide a true sport celebration that is inclusive and accessible with the aim of inspiring a new generation of athletes. Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Ivor Hyslop said: “This year’s Active Games finals will be radically revamped and, by doing so, aiming to increase participation in grassroots sport. The main drive behind the enhanced Active Games format is the potential to realise a meaningful sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.”

Look out for more news andpictures on the lead up to and after the event.