This year’s exciting Lead 2014 programme – designed to develop the leadership skills of young people – has been launched, with the numbers involved since its inception in 2011 to surge beyond 50,000!
Launched at Glasgow National Hockey Centre with the help of pupils from St Mungo’s Academy, Lead 2014 is a partnership between sportscotland, Youth Sport Trust and Glasgow 2014.
Rolled out across university conference dates between 6 February and 26 March 2014, Lead 2014 will see secondary pupils (Young Leaders) mentored by university student volunteers (Student Tutors) in how to plan, organise and manage Commonwealth themed sports festivals for their local primary and secondary schools.
The programme uses the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as a catalyst, to harness the enthusiasm of Scotland’s young people and create the next generation of sports leaders.
Lead 2014 also offers an interactive workshop for secondary school PE teachers and Active School Coordinators, to help them support pupils taking part in the programme.
This will be the third year that Deanna Lundie (aged 20, from Nairn) has been involved with Lead 2014. After being selected as a Student Tutor, Deanna went on to work at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and represent Scotland at the European Youth and Sport Forum in Cyprus. She is now a Glasgow 2014 frontrunner, helping with Lead 2014.
“Lead 2014 helps with building self-confidence, through interacting with others as well as dealing with difficult and new situations. It means you can help others and enhance your own CV.”
The numbers participating in Lead 2014 has risen year-on-year, and has now reached all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland. The programme will continue in the same format in 2015 – using the Games as a platform to provide a lasting legacy for Scotland.
“Lead 2014 instils in the students and pupils a desire to be part of the Games and to become more aware of and involved in the Commonwealth” said David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014’s Chief Executive,
“I truly hope we will see many of these young people engage with the various activities around Glasgow 2014 and with other major events in years to come, ensuring a strong and lasting legacy from Lead 2014 and its continuing achievements.”