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BIG Scotland celebrates Legacy Week

Landa Rolland, Senior press officer, BIG Scotland

9-13 June is Legacy Week. Here’s how we’ll be celebrating!

Across Scotland 491 community groups are organising their own unique Commonwealth Games inspired events, thanks to funding from the National Lottery's Celebrate fund

From street parties and baton relay celebrations to arts exhibitions and history projects researching links with Commonwealth countries, a wide range of projects will be holding their events this summer. 

Here we find out how two of these projects will be celebrating during National Legacy week. 

With the support of a £10,000 Celebrate award, YDance is working with four primary schools in Glasgow on an exciting project linked to the Queen’s Baton Relay. Classes from Parkview, Pollokshields, Alexandra Parade and St Roch's Primary Schools are spending six weeks working with a dance artist, musician and beatboxer to create their own Queen's Baton Relay message. During the project the children will explore who they are, where they come from and what it means to be part of the Commonwealth community and create a message that expresses their thoughts and feelings using a combination of music and dance.  On Tuesday 10 June they’ll travel to each of the four schools to present their messages and on Wednesday 11 June visitors to Glasgow’s Central Station will get the chance to hear what these young people have to say.  

Children at Kiwi Pre-School Playgroup in East Kilbride have also gone Commonwealth Games crazy. Thanks to a £2,145 Celebrate grant, the youngsters are preparing for their own Commonwealth Games event on June 13th versus children from the nearby Mounties Nursery. The money has helped pay for sports equipment for the games and for the children from both groups to have specialist football training and design their own games t-shirts . Food, medals and trophies have also been bought for the big event. Part of the money has also been spent on a project with volunteers from the Hillocks Regeneration project, with the children helping to create a Saltire flower bed and hanging their wishes for the Games on a tree especially imported from Italy.  

Celebrate is a joint funded programme from National Lottery good cause distributors,  Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and sportscotland.  

Celebrate is now closed to applications but you can find out which groups are celebrating.