Friday, February 4, 2011

'Sport Your Trainers” on Commonwealth Day

Glasgow 2014 asks Scotland to “Sport Your Trainers” on Commonwealth Day

People across Scotland are being encouraged to wear their trainers on Commonwealth Day, March 14th, and support the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in a campaign launched by Glasgow 2014 Chairman Robert Smith and Commonwealth gold and silver medallist Robbie Renwick.

The national “Sport Your Trainers” day will encourage everyone from business leaders, schoolchildren and doctors to politicians, office workers and housewives to ditch their normal footwear and wear their trainers for the day in support of the Commonwealth Games.

“Sport Your Trainers” will be held annually on Commonwealth Day for the next three years, with information available from, where there are promotional posters to download for your place of work. All those planning to participate in the campaign are asked to visit the site and click the “I support Sport
Your Trainers” tab.

Glasgow 2014 is working with Local Authorities, BusinessClub Scotland, and schools, colleges and universities to gain support across the country.

Lord Robert Smith, Chairman of Glasgow 2014 said:

“The support we received from all over Scotland was a crucial factor in Glasgow winning the Commonwealth Games and I’m looking forward to seeing how people across the country will embrace this new idea and pop their trainers on for the day.

“This is the beginning of a six week campaign to get people to sign up online to Sport their trainers, so log on and grab your trainers!”

Commonwealth Gold and Silver medallist Robbie Renwick said:

“In a little over three years, Scotland will host one of the greatest-ever Commonwealth Games and “Sport Your Trainers” is a great way for everyone in Scotland to be directly involved in the preparations.

“We hope that hundreds of thousands of people, from Dumfries to Dundee and from Aberdeen to Arran, will show their support for Glasgow 2014 and wear their trainers to work, to school and as they go about their daily business on Monday
March 14th.

“To be chosen to stage the Games is a great source of pride for everyone in the country, and Sport Your Trainers is a wonderful opportunity for people to get involved and send a message that Glasgow will deliver an outstanding Games.”

Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison said:

“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games offer vast opportunities to put Scotland on the path to a healthier and more successful future.

“The Scottish Government’s legacy plan aims to inspire everyone in Scotland to get involved and take advantage of this unique opportunity to become a healthier nation. Alongside our own plans initiatives such as “Sport Your Trainers” will encourage people to make these lasting lifestyle changes.

“Scotland has a proud sporting record and the enthusiasm we are already seeing for the Games is second to none. I will be encouraging as many people as possible at Parliament and across the Scottish Government to join in and be part of this event in March.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:

“I’ll certainly be wearing my trainers to work on Commonwealth Day and will be encouraging my fellow councillors and City Council employees to do the same. This is a fantastic opportunity to get Scotland behind the Games, as we approach three years to go to hosting the Games in Glasgow.”

Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, Michael Cavanagh, said:

“With three and a half years to go, our athletes are already training hard, really excited about the prospect of representing Team Scotland at a home Games in Glasgow in 2014.

“Show your support for the Games and our athletes by wearing your trainers for “Sport Your Trainers” on Commonwealth Day. Make this the day when you commit to getting involved with the Games.”

Notes to Editors

1. The media campaign launched today will run for six weeks, where different professions and celebrities will publicise their support for the campaign.
2. The engagement campaign with local authorities, businesses, universities and colleges will also officially start, as we build up towards Commonwealth Day.
3. For enquiries on the campaign and requests for images please contact Alex Barr on 0141 333 9585 or Alan Garland on 07739 299360.
4. For general media enquiries about Glasgow 2014 or for interviews with any of the representatives please call Glasgow 2014 PR Manager Holly Wheeler on 0141 287 3457.

Glasgow 2014 Digital Game Competition

Students urged to enter landmark competition

Budding computer games designers are being given a unique opportunity to design a digital game for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Any student studying in Scotland is eligible for the competition which will see both the winner and runner up take home a cash prize of £2014.

In addition to this the winner will work with Dundee games development firm 4J Studios to transform their concept into a working game.

The game will then appear free-to-play on the official Glasgow 2014 website.

To enter the competition students must come up with a digital game concept which aligns with the ideals of the Commonwealth Games Federation – humanity, destiny and equality – and the Glasgow 2014 brand – living life to the full, endeavour, responsibility, stylish, genuine and fun.

Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison said:

"The games development sector is a Scottish success story and a vital part of our creative industries. As a result I have no doubt that the creativity and imagination of our students will result in a game that is fitting to mark the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland in 2014.

“This groundbreaking initiative is an opportunity for Scotland to stamp its own innovative character on the Games and reflect the success that already exists in our world renowned games sector.

“The 2014 Games will be an amazing experience for both Glasgow and Scotland. We are working hard to maximise the long term benefits and this contest will help contribute to that goal by encouraging creative talent and forging links between education and industry.”

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said:

“Scotland has a exceptional computer games industry and we want it to play an important part of Glasgow 2014, starting with this competition to get students involved in creating a game to go on our website.

“I can’t wait to see the designs that are submitted and to see the winning concept go from being on paper to a reality. Glasgow 2014 is all about getting people involved from across Scotland and inspiring people to strive to do their best. I hop that this competition achieves that.”

Studio Director at 4J Frank Arnot said:

"I am delighted that 4J Studios has been awarded the contract to develop the winning entry in the Scottish Government's Digital Game Contest and I am greatly looking forward to working together with the winning student to transform their concept into a finished product."

The judging panel will include renowned Scots game designer and entrepreneur Dave Jones who was involved in the creation of both Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto. At the launch he said:

“I am very much looking forward to judging the Scottish Government’s digital games contest which undoubtedly will see ideas to match the exciting occasion of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”


The competition aims to further the Government’s Commonwealth Games legacy ambitions by boosting links between Higher Education Institutions and Scotland’s world-renowned creative digital media industry. The winning game will feature on the Glasgow 2014 website and will be freely available to anyone visiting the website for information on the forthcoming Games.

Entrants must be students currently studying either full time or part time in Scottish higher Education Institutions. The competition is open to students studying any course and is not restricted to those undertaking a computer science, game or art course. The competition is open for ten weeks until midnight on 4 April 2011.

The winning game will appear free-to-play on the official Glasgow 2014 website at

4J won the contract through the Public Contracts Scotland Portal’s open procedure.

Joni Smith : 0131 244 2701 / 07824 499 366

Going for Green at Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government are holding a sustainability conference today (Friday) and have announced that they will aim to recycle or reuse at least 80% of waste that is produced during the 11 days of competition for the Commonwealth Games.

The announcement was made as the Partners set out a joint ambition to “Go for Green” at Glasgow 2014.  To mark the official start of this joint ambition, a short new animated film has been launched to illustrate the opportunities that all the Games Partners plan to take up over the next three and a half years. You can view the film here.

The Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Games Partners aim to ensure that good standards of sustainability are met environmentally, economically and socially.  Good standards of sustainability will be met environmentally in the following ways:

- Remediation of contaminated land:  All new venues will have had the land decontaminated and cleaned before building began.

- Upgrading existing stadia and building in legacy:  Instead of building a new stadium, we are converting Hampden Park from a national football stadium into a world class athletics facility, reducing the impact upon the environment by transforming an existing facility as opposed to starting from scratch.  The SECC will also be completely transformed from an exhibition centre into a sports venue.

- A sustainable energy Centre will be built for the Athletes’ Village.  The NISA and Velodrome will be retro-fitted to it once it is available.

- Spectators will have free public transport within Glasgow with their sports tickets, reducing the amount of carbon emissions used by encouraging people to travel using sustainable transport.

Glasgow 2014 and the Games Partners have made a commitment to delivering good standards of sustainability through good economy:

- Low carbon housing: houses in the Athletes’ Village will be built using sustainable materials  These 750 homes within the Athletes' Village will produce 60% less carbon by cutting energy demand as a result of being well insulated and airtight.

- Procurement: Glasgow 2014 is using a web portal for the procurement of goods, services and works of all types and values.  This transparent tool will ensure that the organisers get the best value from the market.

Finally, ensuring that sustainability has a strong social aspect is crucial to delivering an outstanding Games with a positive legacy for people.  The Athletes’ Village will be built on a previously rundown 50-acre site bounded by London Road, the River Clyde, Springfield Road and Dalmarnock Road.  It will feature 758 houses and flats, and a 120-bed care home.  This new community will transform the east end of Glasgow.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said:

“Sustainability is crucial to staging an outstanding Games – we think it’s imperative that we act responsibly at every stage of the Games process, and part of that is ensuring that we act in the most beneficial way possible for the environment, in an economical way, that is in the best interests of local people in the long term.

“Glasgow in Gaelic translates as “Dear Green Place”, and that is exactly what we’re aiming for in 2014.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:

 “We are confident that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the greenest ever.  Some of the venues being built for the Games and the Athletes’ Village are going to use the latest ideas in reducing carbon and will be a strong indication of Glasgow’s approach to addressing climate change.
“The Games will leave the city an environmental and sustainable legacy, including improved land and air quality and innovative approaches to energy use and recycling.”

Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, said:

"The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that environmental and sustainability issues are factored into all aspects of Glasgow 2014. This event will provide many Scots with the opportunity to live and travel more sustainably.

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