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Louise Macdonald, CEO, Young Scot

Here at Young Scot, the national youth information charity working with young people aged 11-26, we have been working with Legacy 2014 since 2010 on an array of exciting projects.

The aim was to connect young people with once in a lifetime opportunities in the lead up, during and after the Games. We have heard so many stories from young people about how being involved has empowered and equipped them positively – both to affect their own lives and the lives of their communities.

As an organisation, we recognised the significant impact the Games had on young people across Scotland and we are committed to amplifying that impact through our continued partnerships. We are delighted that we continue to partner with Legacy 2014 to build on the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with a particular focus on engaging young people with opportunities that support active lifestyles.

Supporting young people to live an active lifestyle has so many wide ranging benefits – from the immediate physical health aspects, right the way through to wider wellbeing, connectedness and a sense of agency. All of these are vital in supporting our young people as they grow and learn, facing transitions and choices in the journey to adulthood. Our work through our ground-breaking Young Scot Active Rewards programme provides opportunities to engage and lead activity, removes barriers to participation and recognises achievements. Rewards levels the playing field providing all young people with incredible opportunities, no matter where they live or their background.

National and targeted Active Rewards opportunities over the past year have engaged with thousands of young people across the country and we have gained some powerful insights from the diverse young people who have taken part. From this co-design approach, we will continue to develop our current and future Active Rewards offer.

As part of our special celebrations to make Commonwealth Day on the 14th March 2016 we have a superb package of Active Rewards to get involved in, so why not take a look at Active Rewards - and keep an eye out for further fantastic opportunities!