Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown and Chair of Nithsdale Area Committee Ted Thompson have welcomed the news that local organisations are to receive funding from Big Lottery Fund Scotland to help celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Dumfries and Galloway Council are to receive funding for a project that will be part of Youth Beatz. A zone will raise challenges faced by Commonwealth young people, such as immigration and racism and use drama to explore these issues. Another section will showcase Commonwealth Games sports and an area dedicated to cuisine from the Commonwealth will be available. Isle Futures, a regeneration project in the Isle of Whithorn, is to receive funding for sports taster sessions and a celebratory event at the local village hall. 3 schools, Lochrutton Primary, Hardgate Primary and Springholm Primary, are to receive funding so they can hold programmes of activities exploring the histories and cultures of Commonwealth Countries, investigating the traditional sports played at the Games, as well as attending celebrations for the Queens Baton Relay. Pupils will also study Scotland's place in the Commonwealth will be studied, with a focus on arts and heritage, finishing in a joint art project to create a permanent art display. The project will culminate in a joint Commonwealth Sports Day. The The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust Limited will use the funding to organise a number of Commonwealth activities to run alongside the 'Scottish Alternative Games', an annual event run by New Galloway Community Council celebrating traditional Scottish sporting games.
Commenting on the awards, Russell Brown said:
“It is great that these local organisations are able hold events celebrating the Commonwealth Games. It means that a number of local people will get to be part of the games especially with the sport taster sessions which will allow them to experience sports that they will have not have played before. It is easy to think that because the games are based in Glasgow, we are not involved but these projects should change that perception.”
“As well promoting the sporting aspect of the Commonwealth Games, these projects will also allow local people to explore the history and the culture of the Commonwealth which it is most welcome.”
Commenting on the award of £10,000 for a project at Youth Beatz, Nithsdale Area Committee Chair, Provost Ted Thompson said:
“The awarding of these funds underlines how Youth Beatz is not just about the concert. It gives local young people the opportunity to access to advice and support on health and education. The project that this funding will go towards will further that education as well as allow them to experience different cultures and sports from around the world.”