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The Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust (SCGYT) joined forces to launch a new official charity partnership designed to help nurture the next generation of Commonwealth sporting stars.
The SCGYT invests in promising young athletes through offering them a range of support, including scholarships.
The announcement of an official partnership with Glasgow 2014 means sports fans will be able to play a key part in creating a golden future for young athletes simply by showing their support for Team Scotland at next summer’s Commonwealth Games.
Every purchase of Team Scotland merchandise will help support the work of the Youth Trust, with a proportion of all royalties from the Glasgow 2014 Team Scotland range going to the Trust.
"Sport and athletes are at the centre of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and this announcement takes this commitment one step further,” said SCGYT Chairman Professor Steve Chapman, who is also the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.
"This charity partnership will deliver real benefits to the next generation of athletes through a range of fundraising activities.
"Every penny raised will be directed towards programmes and activities which will assist young athletes to progress to represent their country at future Games and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
To date, the SCGYT has raised funds largely through donations and fundraising activities at Commonwealth Games Scotland Annual Awards Dinners.
Recently it has focused on making small awards to Scottish athletes in the lead up to the Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Trust has also provided funding for scholarship support of athletes from Commonwealth Games sports attending the University of Stirling and support of junior Commonwealth Championships for specific sports held in Scotland.
SCGYT now aims to expand its existing activities and create a Glasgow 2014 Fund to introduce a new Commonwealth-wide programme to bring young Commonwealth athletes and coaches to Scotland and send young Scottish athletes and coaches to Commonwealth countries to build on the relationships, understanding and co-operation developed in the 2014 Games and thus help to further develop and sporting abilities in the spirit of the Commonwealth Movement.
"Glasgow 2014 is very proud to support the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust as one of our charity partners,” said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.
"Through the Commonwealth Games we share a common ambition to engage and empower young people to build an interest in and stay active in sport throughout their lives.
"Royalties from Glasgow 2014 sale of Team Scotland merchandise will go to the charity.
"So, by showing your support, you are actually giving your support to Team Scotland and its aspiring hopefuls.”
The SCGYT Glasgow 2014 Fund will raise income in several ways including Team Scotland merchandising royalties and other Games related packages.
The partnership aims to provide a significant boost to the wide-ranging sporting legacy of Glasgow 2014, both in Scotland and across the Commonwealth.
"The Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust has played a long time role in supporting Scottish athletes and this partnership takes things to the next level,” added Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh.
"When we bid for the Games we wanted to ensure that not only Scottish athletes had long term benefits and that the close relationship between Scotland and the athletes and coaches from across the Commonwealth could continue to flourish, as we have much to learn from each other.
"This exciting new initiative will make this aspiration a reality.”
The full range is available online from the official Glasgow 2014 shop at www.shop.glasgow2014.com