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Belfast Active Games inspires school children

Young People / Culture / Sport and physical activity
Thirty nine young athletes from Dumfries & Galloway have taken part in the Belfast Active Games, which took place on 23-24 May 2014.

The games in Belfast were part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Support a 2nd Team initiative which linked Dumfries & Galloway with the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council.

The school children took part in a range of sporting and social activities during the Belfast Active Games. They had the opportunity to meet former athletes, dignitaries and Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot. The group also had the honour of becoming the first Scottish children to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The trip was part funded by the Holywood Trust with support from Scottish Government. The young athletes were supported by Active School & Community Sport Officers and eight Young Sports Ambassadors from across Dumfries & Galloway.

Councillor Brian Collins, depute leader of Dumfries & Galloway Council said “I would like to thank the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council for their generous hospitality and for providing a memorable two days for our young athletes and, Professor Alastair Adair and the University of Ulster for the evening reception. Support a 2nd Team has been an overwhelming success with sport being the vehicle to wider legacy agendas while friendships and relationships are being developed at every level. The Belfast Active Games has been an inspirational experience for our young people who I must commend for their impeccable performance on and off the field of play. They have been outstanding ambassadors for Dumfries & Galloway and Scotland in Northern Ireland.”

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