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Games for Scotland countdown is on

14/05/2014
Culture / Community Engagement / Sport and physical activity
This summer Games for Scotland will encourage people to get involved in physical and cultural activities in the build-up to the XX Commonwealth Games.

Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games Shona Robison began the countdown to the first Games for Scotland event yesterday at Meadowbank Sports Centre with children from St Thomas of Aquins High School in Edinburgh.
 
The programme encourages individuals and groups across all 32 local authorities to get involved in physical and cultural activities in the build-up to the XX Commonwealth Games.

The first Games for Scotland event will be held at Meadowbank Sports Centre on 14 June when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Edinburgh. Children and families will be able to join in the excitement as the countdown to the Games begins and have a go at some of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports across the centre – from Lawn Bowls to Netball – alongside entertainment.
 
All local authorities in Scotland have received support through Games for Scotland to hold events along the Queen’s Baton Relay route - and in towns and cities where it stops - across Scotland from 14 June – 22 July. In a festive spirit events will be a cultural as well as sporting celebration of the Commonwealth Games and the Queen’s Baton Relay.
 
People across Scotland are being invited to join in the celebrations and participate in their local Games for Scotland event.

The Games for Scotland programme of events is a key part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a lasting legacy from the XX Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

To date over 145,000 people have participated in 123 Games for Scotland events and over 220,000 spectators have been to the events.

People can find more information about their local events by visiting www.gamesforscotland.com and share in the excitement by tweeting about their Games for Scotland experiences using #Legacy2014.