Glasgow’s 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Team this week contacted more than 36,000 primary schoolchildren as part of a Back Our Bid campaign which has already seen almost 20,000 young people sign up to bring one of the biggest youth multi-sports events in the world to their city.
Thousands of young people have become involved in the campaign to continue the UK’s Olympic journey, motivated by the power of the Olympic Values to inspire a generation.
Every primary school child in Glasgow this week received a letter asking their families to support the Bid, and children at Lourdes Primary School (pictured) were celebrating as the first Back Our Bid forms arrived at the Bid Team’s office.
Around 19,600 secondary school pupils have already backed Glasgow’s Bid, and of the campaign’s 36,000 Facebook followers, 70 per cent are under the age of 24. Young people from across the UK have backed the Bid, enthused by the prospect of Glasgow winning the right to hold the event, which would involve around 3,600 young athletes between 15 and 18 years.
Glasgow’s Bid, a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the British Olympic Association (BOA), has young people at its heart and seeks to capitalise on the opportunities created by London 2012 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as the city’s world-class sporting events programme.
Glasgow 2018 would be a tangible legacy for these major events, and a powerful catalyst for the next phase in the UK’s journey with the Olympic Movement by empowering young people to become champions in their lives. Young people have already played a vital role in the development of the Back Our Bid campaign and have been consulted and involved in every stage of the Bid process.
Brian Traynor, headteacher at Lourdes Primary, said: “Our children have been inspired by the wonderful scenes we all witnessed at London 2012, it would be enormously empowering for them to look forward to the Youth Olympic Games coming to their home city in 2018. The Olympic Values are something we all embrace as we strive to make sure every child in our school and our city achieve their true potential.”
2018 Bid Director, Paul Bush, said: “Young people have embraced this Bid in a way we could never have hoped for. Through the city’s already extensive ways of communicating with its young people, as well as through a whole range of social media channels, we are reaching every child in the city and many more across Scotland and the UK.
“Glasgow has the experience and expertise to stage a world-class sporting event and what a privilege it would be to harness its ambition and vision for its young people to use its proven youth networks to work in partnership with the Olympic Movement to empower young people across the world to be champions in their own lives.”