Glasgow youngsters show off sporting talents at Legacy Games

Schoolkids from Glasgow’s East End were going for gold at this year’s FARE Legacy Games.The FARE Legacy Games - previously known as the Mini Commonwealth Games - saw more than 900 pupils from 26 primary schools take part in a range of sports.

The event, held at the prestigious Emirates Arena, is now in its twelfth year - but was renamed as a way to build a lasting legacy from the Games for young people in the city.The Legacy Games are organised by the charity Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE) as part of its work with young people in the East End, in partnership with GHA.

Young athletes competed in a range of events – including the 60m, long jump, javelin and shot putt – and had some fun into the bargain.

Andy Ashcroft, GHA’s north east area director, officially opened the event and Gordon Sloan, GHA chair was on hand to present the medals to the winning schools.Jimmy Wilson, FARE services manager, said: “The Legacy Games are always really enjoyable.

“They are a great way of integrating the young people before they move on to secondary school - but it’s also about them having an enjoyable day regardless of sporting ability.

“It was really exciting for the young people to use this magnificent sporting arena right on their doorstep.”

Andy Ashcroft added: “We want to encourage young people in our communities to take part in sport and the Legacy Games are a great way of doing that.“The young people who took part were really enthusiastic and I’d like to thank the schools and FARE for making it such a fantastic day.

“Events like this help us create a lasting legacy from the Commonwealth Games in the city.”

A total of 90 medals were presented on the day, including prizes for sportsmanship, and all the children who took part received a certificate of participation.

The overall prize was won by Garrowhill Primary School, while St Timothy’s Primary won the Bob Holman Award for sportsmanship.

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