​Glasgow Sports volunteering programmes VIP and Glasgow Sport Young Leaders recently celebrated the award of the Inspire Mark by former Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards in Edinburgh.
Jonathan was joined by Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister Shona Robison, and Sir Craig Reedie of the International Olympic Committee in recognising the outstanding work by the 94 projects awarded 2012 Inspire Mark in Scotland.
The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
VIP and Glasgow Sport Young Leaders are volunteer development programmes for sport volunteers within the city. Both programmes harness the excitement generated around sport with the Olympic Games coming to the United Kingdom.
Jonathan Edwards said:
“With us now on the final stretch towards The Games, it is great to see the energy and enthusiasm amongst the people of Scotland, especially in projects like VIP and Glasgow Sport Young Leaders that have been awarded the Inspire mark. This will undoubtedly leave a strong foundation on which Glasgow 2014 can build and help leave a lasting legacy for Scotland.” 
Ms Robison said:
“As well as delivering an outstanding Commonwealth Games in 2014 we as a government are determined to leave a lasting legacy from both the 2012 and 2014 Games. Programmes such as Inspire will do just this, ensuring everyone right across Scotland has the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey and I congratulate all of those who have been recognised with this award.”
VIP Kirsty Bickett said:
 “Being part of the VIP has provided so many opportunities and experiences. Meeting a world class champion like Jonathon Edwards was a truly inspirational and a huge highlight. It a very exciting time to be involved in sport in the UK right now”
The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & culture. New opportunities are being created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in. The Inspire programme has awarded over 1,400 different projects the Inspire mark.
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