Young people from every corner of Scotland have arrived in Glasgow to cheer on athletes from the Bahamas to Bangladesh and from Malta to Mozambique.
The 71 representatives from each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas may fly a flag for their home nation during the 11 days of sporting action - but they will also be supporting their adopted second team.
Part of the Support a 2nd Team programme, the young people, aged 16 to 24, will take part in the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park on July 23, helping provide a welcome to their second teams. They will also participate in rehearsals in the run-up to the ceremony.
The Support a 2nd Team programme has linked all 32 of Scotland's local authorities with the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. It has encouraged local people and communities to engage with the cultures of the Commonwealth and develop links with their nations and territories. The programme has provided opportunities, as part of the wider Games Legacy, for schools, community, sports and voluntary groups to create partnerships with their nations and territories and to support them through their journey to the Games and beyond.
The programme is led by sportscotland in conjunction with Glasgow 2014 and the Scottish Government and is supported by Glasgow City Council and other partners.
Twelve teachers from Glasgow schools are giving up their time to support the young people during their time in the city.
The Support a 2nd Team programme has already seen a range of activities delivered through the Active Schools network the length and breadth of Scotland from a virtual flashmob haka in Edinburgh to a mascot competition linking Shetland and Brunei.
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said:
“It is great that through the Support a 2nd Team programme, children and young people from all over Scotland can be part of the Opening Ceremony for Glasgow 2014 and help us extend a hand of welcome from the whole of Scotland to the teams competing in Glasgow.”
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:
“What a fantastic opportunity for these young people to be part of the celebrations welcoming the Commonwealth to Scotland. We are delighted that Support a 2nd Team has inspired so many people to engage in cultural, educational and sporting programmes celebrating the diversity of the competing nations and developing even stronger links between Scotland and the wider Commonwealth family.”
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robson said:
“It’s a tremendous moment for the young people performing at the opening ceremony to help welcome the world to Scotland. The Support a Second Team project, which twins all 71 Commonwealth nations and territories with a local authority in Scotland, brings the Games closer to all our communities and forges links across continents which will endure as a lasting legacy beyond the Games.”
Councillor Stephen Curran, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Education and Young People, said:
“Our young people and education staff in schools across the city have used a variety of imaginative ways to create an exciting build-up in the run up to the games.
“This is yet another opportunity for Glasgow teachers to be a part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy and what an incredible opportunity to support the Scottish young people as they arrive in the city to cheer on and support not only Team Scotland but the adopted second teams.”
The 32 local authorities and their second teams are:
Aberdeen: Cameroon, Solomon Islands, Aberdeenshire: Mozambique, Antigua, Angus: Anguilla Gibraltar, Maldives, Argyll & Bute: Swaziland, Cyprus, Clackmannanshire: Lesotho, St Kitts & Nevis, Dumfries & Galloway: Grenada, Northern Ireland, Dundee City: South Africa, Belize, East Ayrshire: British Virgin Islands, Australia, East Dunbartonshire: Namibia, Jamaica, Norfolk Island, East Lothian: Rwanda, Guernsey, Samoa, East Renfrewshire: India, Tuvalu, Edinburgh: Guyana, New Zealand, Eilean Siar (Western Isles): St Vincent & The Grenadines, Wales, Falkirk: The Gambia, Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Fife: Malawi, Falkland Islands, Glasgow City: Fiji,Scotlandand as a Games Partner, Glasgow City Council is also supporting all guests, Highland: Barbados, Canada, Inverclyde: Mauritius, Dominica, Niue, Midlothian: Seychelles, Pakistan, Moray: Botswana, Montserrat, North Ayrshire: Nigeria, St Helena, North Lanarkshire: Malaysia, Cook Islands, Orkney Islands: Tanzania, Cayman Islands, Perth & Kinross: St Lucia, Bangladesh, Renfrewshire: Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Scottish Borders: England, Tonga, Shetland Islands: Jersey, Brunei Darussalam, South Ayrshire: Ghana, Kiribati, South Lanarkshire: Sierra Leone, Bermuda, Sri Lanka, Stirling: Zambia Malta, Vanuatu, West Dunbartonshire: Uganda, Isle of Man, West Lothian: Turks & Caicos, Singapore Nauru.