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Commonwealth, cash and competitions

It’s been a week of Commonwealth excitement as the city of Glasgow launches into preparation for next year’s games.

On Tuesday, the Big Lottery Fund announced the arrival of their new grant scheme, Celebrate. They are offering funding of up to £10,000 to organisations across Scotland that wish to hold an event to celebrate the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Linda and Marion from the East Fife Ladies choir have already received funding and they said it has made a huge difference.

“We were able to get some uniforms for the group, these lovely turquoise blouses. It’s a great help and we can’t wait to celebrate in the run up to the commonwealth games.”

East Fife Choir at the Celebrate launch

East Fife Choir at the Celebrate launch

At the launch event in Glasgow, Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big lottery Fund said the fund would be a great support to Scots who want to begin this nationwide party.

On Wednesday, the commonwealth theme continued as pupils across Scotland got creative.

Commonwealth organisers announced the arrival of a new artworkl competition to get children more involved in the lead up to the 2014 games. Children can enter their drawings into the commonwealth competition and , if successful, their artwork could be displayed in the athlete’s village.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robinson said it was important that the games create a legacy for the children.

“We want the Commonwealth Games to touch every child in some way and this is a great way to get the children involved and making quite a personal link between the people of Glasgow and the athletes.”

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