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Young people across Scotland get their kicks out of latest Sport Your Trainers campaign

Young children hold their trainers in the air

Young people across the whole of Scotland jumped in feet first to Sport their Trainers in huge numbers this week.

Trainers replaced regulation footwear in classrooms throughout the country with schools participating from every one of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot, was on hand at several schools across Scotland to promote the Sport Your Trainers message in the third year of the campaign.

Glasgow 2014 wants younger audiences to feel motivated to get involved in the Commonwealth Games and be part of the journey as more opportunities emerge in the coming months.

Among the 379 Scottish schools taking part, was St Saviours Primary in Glasgow’s Govan where children sported their trainers for a special dance class.

That means a total of 35,723 pupils based on all the schools that took part and who fully completed their registration details for the Sport Your Trainers campaign.

Glasgow led the way with 73 schools registered, but there were high figures elsewhere including 18 schools in Shetland, 19 in Falkirk and 23 in the South Lanarkshire region.

Glasgow 2014 Head of Engagement and Legacy, Paul Zealey, said:

“Glasgow 2014’s Sport Your Trainers campaign was another great success with young people across every local authority in Scotland getting involved.

“Clyde, the Official Glasgow 2014 Mascot, popped up in a number of places with surprise visits to various participating schools.

“The 2013 Sport Your Trainers campaign helped young people to join in the exciting journey to Glasgow 2014, the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever seen.”

Note to Editors

1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2. Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, Ernst & Young, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group and RGS.

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