Encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle

As PART of the national Games for Scotland programme, Angus Council is delivering a county wide project which includes dance activity and support to local Angus Club Excellence (ACE) accredited sports clubs.

Games for Scotland is a programme of events designed to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of Scotland in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games which are inspired by the 17 Commonwealth sports, dance and the Commonwealth Games concept itself.

The initiative is funded by EventScotland and Angus Council will be running the Angus Active Legacy programme across the county until October 27.

The programme will offer pupils of secondary school age the opportunity to train as dance leaders and eventually run dance classes, offer a programme of taster sessions in dance at all Angus primary schools to encourage participation in dance and promote an active and healthy lifestyle, offer free dance sessions across every Angus burgh during the October school holidays for primary aged children and develop and produce marketing materials to promote local ACE accredited sports clubs and also provide these clubs the opportunity to purchase additional sports equipment to help increase their club capacity

The Angus Steering Group – Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 has been established to consider the benefits of the games for the county.

Councillor Colin Brown, chairman of the group, said: “The aim of the Angus’ Active Legacy programme is to encourage as many people as possible across the county to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle through delivering various dance sessions and helping promote local ACE accredited sports clubs.

“We hope to raise awareness of the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in 2014, when Angus will host the shooting events at Barry Buddon.”

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “It’s little more than three years until the start of the Commonwealth Games. Now more than ever in the countdown to 2014 it’s important that we involve local people and communities from across Scotland in the excitement of the Games.

“Hosting the Games is not only about putting on a spectacular sporting extravaganza but also about leaving a lasting legacy for the people of Scotland.

“The Games for Scotland programme will form a key strand of this and is a perfect platform for bringing the community together. I would encourage everyone to come along, have fun and play their part.”

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating Officer at EventScotland, added: “We are delighted to be working with Angus Council in the delivery of what promises to be a great initiative for the local area and in particular for local schools.

“The programme epitomises what Games for Scotland has been designed to accomplish; providing the school children of Angus with the opportunity to take part in a range of inspiring, motivating dance themed activities.

“The Angus Active Legacy will provide local communities with the perfect opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games as we look toward 2014.”