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Games experience of a lifetime for Argyll and Bute Young People

Raymond J Flanagan, Community Learning and Development Worker

09/09/2014
Blog / Young People
The Scottish Government’s Legacy Ticket scheme gave the Mid Argyll Youth Forum a day out to remember. Raymond J Flanagan, Community Learning and Development worker for Youth Services recalls the young people’s experiences.

Young people in the community have been involved in learning about and supporting the Commonwealth Games this summer. This included a week of Commonwealth Games related activities, culminating in the Queen's Baton Relay visiting our area and a ‘Commonwealth Hula Hoop Challenge’. 240 young people took part and it was great to see one of our forum members Myrin say that this was a brilliant idea which meant everyone in the village could take part.

The Games really provided a platform for the young people to learn, share, communicate and build their confidence in their local community and beyond, and the chance to go to the Games through the Legacy Ticket scheme spurred them on.

Inspired by the opportunity to see athletes achieve, the young people felt encouraged to learn more about Commonwealth countries, making flags and looking at the history of the countries, their involvement in the Commonwealth, their most successful athletes and what that country produced, such as coffee, tea, and different food.

As the group worked together, they developed a stronger relationship with each other and also became more confident in sharing their opinions and expressing their views while devising their trip to the Games.

When the day came to go to the athletics, inside the stadium the atmosphere was amazing; one of the group described it like being in Wembley as there were so many St Georges flags. What impressed the group was how every athlete got supported regardless of their ability.

The whole day was a brilliant success made possible by obtaining the legacy tickets - there was no way that any of our group would have been able to afford the cost associated with such an event.