Scotland’s triumphant Glasgow 2014 continues as the hosts pick up Gold in the SSE GoGlasgow Leaderboard. The nation's fans were a tremendous support to the athletes throughout the Games in stadia, and that support has clearly been equally passionate online as Scotland are crowned winners of the social leaderboard.
Energy firm SSE, Proud Partner of Glasgow 2014, asked fans to spur on their team by tweeting messages of support via http://www.glasgow2014.com/sse-goglasgow. An incredible 50,314 Tweets were registered from fans all over the world but there could only be one winner, Scotland. The host nation finished with an impressive 18,113 tweets, with Wales finishing second on 9,560 and India in third position on 6,123.
Scotland’s fans took the lead from the very first day of the Games and held a firm grip to not only pick up the fanatical fan accolade, but also secure their nation vital funding for 25 aspiring athletes of the future through SSE’s Next Generation programme. SSE provides vital support to 100 young athletes across the UK - including funding, mentoring and access to state-of-the-art facilities – in a bid to help them fulfil their full sporting potential. By winning SSE GoGlasgow the host nation will now receive additional support to help young athletes emerge through Scotland’s talent system providing an immediate living legacy from the Games.
SSE’s support of the Four Home Nations, whose fans were in magnificent form throughout the Games, will go further than just the hosts. Second placed Wales will receive funding for a further ten athletes, England will receive support for an additional eight young stars and Northern Ireland will get backing for seven new SSE Next Generation athletes.
Sir Chris Hoy is a mentor for the SSE Next Generation programme and a past recipient of funding from the same initiative. He said, “I’m really looking forward to mentoring the athletes. It is crucial for each home nation to unite and show their support for aspiring young athletes. I know from personal experience how important that support can be.”
Wendy Barbour, SSE Director of Commonwealth Games, said, “We are very proud to be working with the SSE Next Generation athletes to support emerging talent in every home nation to create a positive legacy for sport.”
Keep up to date with the latest news on the SSE Next Generation at www.sse.co.uk/moreforyou