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Games Legacy Tickets for young people

18/07/2014
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Young people receive tickets from the Scottish Government's Legacy Ticket scheme.

Members of Tollcross YMCA, a Big Lottery Fund Scotland group, are heading to see the Commonwealth Games, thanks to tickets gifted by the Scottish Government’s Legacy Ticket initiative.

In celebration of Scotland’s role as host of the XX Commonwealth Games, the Big Lottery Fund was asked by Scottish Government to identify beneficiaries of gifted tickets which are being given to enable those who might not have otherwise been able to go and as a thank you to individuals and groups involved in Legacy 2014 programmes.

Tollcross YMCA, based in Glasgow, has received ten tickets to the mountain biking.

The organisation received £9,978 from the Big Lottery Fund, which enabled the group to celebrate the Games with a musical initiative called East End Beats.

East End Beats has allowed local children and young people to explore the musical culture of African Commonwealth countries and work towards creating something entirely their own, unique songs, which will become part of the Games legacy.

Over a period of 39 weeks, the youth groups have taken part in workshops led by volunteers from the local African community, culminating in the creation of the youth group’s own musical compositions. With the aid of a music tutor, the group has been responsible for all stages of the production, including the song writing and recording of the music. A film is also being created alongside the project and will be screened at a Commonwealth celebration event hosted at the end of the Games.

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: “It is great to see the wide variety of people, organisations and communities who have benefited from the gift of Legacy Tickets to the Commonwealth Games.

“Through the allocation of Legacy Tickets, our key partners are recognising the fantastic contribution individuals make to their communities and allowing them to be part of the greatest sporting event Scotland’s has ever seen.

“I hope that Tollcross YMCA have a wonderful time at the Games and treasure the memories for years to come.”

Darran Gillan from Tollcross YMCA said: “We are delighted to be contributing to the Legacy 2014 programme, we are really proud of the work our members have put in to creating a song in celebration of the Games. To have some of our members attending Glasgow 2014 is fantastic, an opportunity they will remember for a life time.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: "At the Big Lottery Fund, we have invested over £11 million in support of the 2014 Games legacy.  Across Scotland our funded projects are bringing people together to celebrate this landmark sporting event and so these Legacy tickets, gifted by the Scottish Government, are a thank you to them for their Legacy contributions. Thanks to 1,000 tickets allocated, 87 of our funded groups will now be heading to the Games to be part of something very special."