POSTED: April 22nd 2013

Children to profit from unique collaboration between UNICEF, Commonwealth Games Federation, Glasgow 2014

UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor shows his support for the partnership with Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games / UNICEF/2013/James Gilham
UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor shows his support for the partnership with Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games / UNICEF/2013/James Gilham

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Children in Scotland and in Commonwealth countries around the world will benefit from a new partnership between UNICEF, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The leading organisation for children and the largest sporting and cultural event will hope the partnership will inspire children to better themselves.

“The Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in 2014 provides us with a unique opportunity to harness the immense power of sport and culture for the best possible outcome – to improve the lives of children in Scotland and across the Commonwealth,” UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said. “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow 2014 and with the CGF, and look forward to making history together.”

Nicola Adams, the first Olympic female boxing gold medallist, announced the new partnership at Glasgow’s Swinton Primary School, which UNICEF UK supports as a Rights Respecting School.

“The children of Swinton Primary in Glasgow have a powerful message for children throughout Scotland and across the Commonwealth,” Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said. “Put simply, they want to be the best they can be. I am thrilled that through our new and bold partnership with UNICEF, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games aims to help them and hundreds and thousands of other children achieve that.

“Almost 50 percent of people within the Commonwealth are under the age of 25 and now with the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation, this partnership has the potential for legacy and positive impact long after Glasgow 2014.”

Children at Swinton Primary School had an unveiling of their own: the “Best You Can Be” Thought Wall. Students will use the wall to illustrate their hopes and dreams and how they can fulfill themselves to be the best they can be.

“We are very excited with this new partnership with UNICEF and Glasgow 2014,” Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Mike Hooper said. “The Commonwealth Games movement embraces all 71 nations and territories across the Commonwealth and UNICEF works in a great many of these, helping children to have healthy, happy futures by ensuring they have access to education, healthcare and other practical assistance that will support their future development.”

The students asked Nicola, Grevemberg, Bull and Commonwealth Games Federation Vice President Bruce Robertson to put their own opinions on the Thought Wall.

“I am absolutely delighted to support this partnership and be part of the event this morning,” Nicola said. “It was great to meet the children and hear about their aspirations and what they need to be the best they can be. This is a fantastic collaboration which will reach out to every child in Scotland and much further afield.

“I believe that every child has the right to reach their full potential and to be the best they can be and it was great to be able to tell the children my story and how I fulfilled my own potential. Hopefully there will be some inspirational messages they can take from that but I know I have definitely been inspired by the young people I have met here today.”

“UNICEF improves the lives of millions of children in Scotland and around the world, and this is a groundbreaking partnership that will reach far and wide,” Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said. “Physical activity and sport are a powerful force for good and the Games will help to inspire children to fulfill their potential and, through this partnership, give children around the Commonwealth a better future.”

“The power to inspire young people in Glasgow, Scotland, and throughout the Commonwealth will be one of the great legacies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games,” Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said. “Education and access to other opportunities can transform the lives of young people, giving them the chance to reach their potential, and I would like to wish this fantastic partnership every success.”

UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor and Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham also commented on the new partnership.

"I couldn't be more pleased that Glasgow has been selected to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and partner with UNICEF," McGregor said. "This partnership opens the door to helping transform children's lives, both in my own country of Scotland and in every Commonwealth nation. That's a hugely exciting prospect."

"I am delighted to hear that UNICEF and Glasgow 2014 are to put children at the heart of the Commonwealth Games legacy," Beckham said. "This partnership is an amazing opportunity for children around the world."

Keywords · Glasgow 2014 · Commonwealth Games · UNICEF · Scotland · Ewan McGregor · David Beckham

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