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Funding to help young Scots flourish after the Games

26/07/2014
Young People / Funding
First Minister announces £26,000 to help Young Scot project flourish after the Games.

This week First Minister, Alex Salmond met with Young Scot Youth Legacy Ambassadors (YLAs) to mark the opening of the Young Scot Flourishing Scotland installation at Glasgow Green Live Zone, as part of Festival 2014.

Over the past 4 years 150 YLAs from across Scotland have played a leading role in championing and connecting their local community to the lasting benefits the Glasgow 2014 commonwealth Games bring to Scotland.

While visiting the Young Scot Flourishing Scotland installation the First Minister created a seed ball of wild flowers with the young people, who will then plant and spread these across community spaces in all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“We want young people to be directly involved in shaping and creating their own legacies from the opportunity that comes from major sporting events being held on their doorstep.

“Youth Legacy Ambassadors are at the very centre of this and should be proud of their achievements. These young people have been working hard over the last four years to encourage their peers to be more active, increase awareness around the environment and be positive role models to other young people. It was a great pleasure to fund this project with £26,000 and come along to the Young Scot Flourishing Scotland stand and support the next step of their legacy journey.”

Scot Lamond, aged 18, North Lanarkshire Youth Legacy Ambassador, carried the Queen’s Baton during the Opening Ceremony of the Games 2014, said:

“I have had the opportunity of a lifetime these past four years being a Youth Legacy Ambassador. The piece of work that I am proudest of is being able to save my local sports centre from being closed down and ensuring that hundreds of people in my area and still access its services.

“I honestly can’t quite believe that I was one of the final Baton Bearer in this year’s Games. There are no words to describe that feeling! My fellow Baton Bearers are all so inspiring to me, some of them world-class athletes, coaches and medal winners. My Legacy Wish for the Games is that when all these athletes go home to their country across the Commonwealth is that they will inspire the next generation of sporting stars.”