Lead 2014 today (Monday, February 4) launched its 2013 programme with a call for action to young people to be involved in the build-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Lead 2014 – a partnership between sportscotland, Youth Sport Trust and Glasgow 2014 – is designed to develop the skills of youth leaders and the programme will be rolled out across seven University conference dates in March 2013.
The intention is to use sport as a springboard to hone and develop leadership ability among young people and, in turn, provide an opportunity for children across the region to engage with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Young Leaders from St Mungo's Academy strike a pose with Commonwealth Games medallist James McCallum at the launch at Games venue, Hampden Park today.
This year’s Lead 2014 will see a greater emphasis on social media during the conferences with those attending encouraged to use Twitter and Facebook to enhance their experience of the day.
At each of the conferences, secondary school young leaders, will be mentored by university student tutors, in how to plan, organise and manage a Commonwealth Games themed sports festival.
The pupils then take their new skills and knowledge back to their communities to organise a sports festival for their local primary and secondary schools.
Using Glasgow 2014 as the catalyst, Lead 2014 will capture young people’s energy and enthusiasm for sport and enable them to become leadership ambassadors.
It will also help to motivate them to play a significant part in the huge volunteering effort around the Commonwealth Games and become volunteers in sport in the future.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:
“With the Commonwealth Games now firmly on the horizon, Lead 2014 gives us a real opportunity to encourage young people to become involved in sport and help create a lasting legacy from these Games.
“sportscotland is committed to building and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels, and by nurturing the skills of Scotland’s young people we are investing in our future leaders, volunteers, and sporting ambassadors.
“The Lead 2014 campaign is an excellent chance to engage with young people across Scotland, and, in turn, raise awareness of the fabulous opportunities which exist within sport.”
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014’s Chief Executive, said:
“Lead 2014 is a call to action and a fantastic chance for us to empower young people as part of the Glasgow 2014 journey and further enable the legacy these Games will leave.
“By using sport as a platform to enthuse the students and pupils about leadership, volunteering, sport, health and well-being we can instill a desire to be part of the Games and the broader Commonwealth, playing an active role in their communities.
“I truly hope we will see many of them engage with other Glasgow 2014 activity and other major events in years to come.”
John Steele, Chief Executive of Youth Sport Trust , said:
“Sport has an incredible power to inspire young people and support them to achieve their personal best in life.
“Through Lead 2014 we are developing leaders and volunteers of the future who can demonstrate the positive impact of sport and will go on to become positive role models to others.”
Taylor Sexton, Lead 2014 Frontrunner volunteer, said:
“I first got involved in the Lead 2014 programme in 2011 through my university, University of the West of Scotland (UWS). As an events student, I have a passion for organising and planning and with a keen interest in sport, the Lead 2014 programme provided me with the opportunity to combine two of my interests.
“The sports conference day itself was huge for me and I learned ways to improve my leadership skills, but the main benefit for me was it boosted my confidence. Since being involved in the programme, I have continued with my studies at UWS and volunteered my services at many other events such as sports days, charity events and so on but my biggest achievement so far is being the Lead 2014 frontrunner for Glasgow 2014.
“As the Games are fast approaching, I would encourage everyone to be involved and Lead 2014 is a great way to do so. I also hope to be a Games Time volunteer for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - I think it is a great opportunity to be part of such a significant event and as a city we can make it happen.”
In addition to pupil and student education, the programme also offers an interactive workshop for secondary school PE teachers and Active Schools coordinators.
This helps them build and make the most of their sports leadership developments which are taking place in their schools, and makes sure they appreciate the support they can provide to their pupils in running the festivals for the primary children.
More information on Lead 2014 can be found at www.sportscotland.org.uk/lead2014
Note to Editors
1. For further information and to request images of today's launch, please contact Simon Buckland on 030 2014 0612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Lead 2014 began several years ago at the University of Stirling under the guise of Top Link and was run by Youth Sport Trust and sportscotland. The programme has been adopted as the main youth sports mentoring project in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.