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£60k for Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme

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Funding for Games initiative to help develop young talent across the Commonwealth.

Young people from around the Commonwealth will use the Glasgow 2014 Games to learn how to make a difference to their communities.

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison has announced Scottish Government investment of £60,000 in “33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme”, delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Common Purpose, the international leadership development organisation.

The four day programme will see 100 18-25 year olds – from Scotland and the Commonwealth – develop their leadership skills, networks and Cultural Intelligence to help them in their studies, careers and civic life. Senior leaders from across the Commonwealth will act as mentors, growing the participants’ confidence to lead change and make a difference in their countries.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Sport Development conference in Glasgow today Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said:

“We all know sport has the power to change lives. 33Fifty will do this by embracing the size and scope of the Games and giving 100 young people the learning experience of a lifetime.

“Scotland is proud of being a good global citizen and in embedding learning and strengthening Commonwealth ties to Scotland; we are leaving a lasting international Games legacy that will benefit not only Scotland, but countries around the world.”

Julia Middleton, Chief Executive of Common Purpose said: “As a leading global provider of student leadership development, Common Purpose is proud to be working with the Royal Commonwealth Society to deliver 33Fifty which will take students off campus and into the city for in-depth and real conversations with leaders and practical engagement with real-world challenges.

“We are looking forward seeing the ideas that that the young Commonwealth Leaders will have as a result of their participation in 33Fifty and the positive change that this will have on the Commonwealth going forward.”

Mike Lake, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society said: “The Royal Commonwealth Society is delighted that 33Fifty will form a part of the Glasgow 2014 Games legacy and that the Scottish Government recognises the value of investing in the young men and women who will lead the Commonwealth in the future.”