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Pupil artwork to welcome Commonwealth athletes

Thousands of Scotland’s school pupils will demonstrate their artistic talents to the world at Scotland’s Commonwealth Games.

More than 700 schools across the country have participated in a national art competition run by Game On Scotland, the official education programme for the Games.

This competition, launched in May 2013, has provided a unique opportunity for Scottish schoolchildren to create Games-inspired artwork for the Athletes’ Village.  The artwork will adorn the rooms of the Village, which will be a true home from home for all the competitors coming to Glasgow from the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Using the Games and its 17 sports as creative inspiration, primary and secondary pupils were challenged to come up with 6,500 pieces of artwork to decorate bedrooms in the Athletes’ Village where the athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth will be staying.

The winning designs will be gifted to the visitors as a memento of their time in Scotland, and athletes will be encouraged to send a note expressing their personal thanks back to the young artists.

Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said:

“This is an exciting conclusion to Legacy Week, with thousands of children and young people making their own direct contribution to the 2014 Games to connect with the visiting teams and make them feel welcome in Scotland.  The Commonwealth Games will be a fantastic sporting spectacle and with the many Legacy 2014 programmes we have in place we are seizing the opportunity to inspire and transform the lives of children and young people for the future. ”

Alison Drever, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland said:

“It is fantastic that schools from every Local Authority have participated in the Game On Scotland art competition.  The quality and variety of the entries are extremely impressive and will allow our young people to provide a colourful welcome to the Commonwealth athletes. It’s exciting to think we may be encouraging future artists as well as athletes with the activity around the Games.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said:

“It is wonderful to know that so many children from schools across Scotland have entered this competition, which gives young people the chance to provide their own personal welcome to the Commonwealth athletes by having their artwork on display in the bedrooms at the Athletes’ Village.

“Youth engagement is a vital component of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and it is truly exciting to see so many young people inspired to produce something that will help create a home from home for the 4,500 competitors coming to Glasgow this summer.”

Find out more about Game On Scotland