Young stars will be going for gold in news Games project

Young sporting stars of the future throughout East Dunbartonshire are being offered a golden chance to get more active this summer thanks to a unique project which ties in with the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A physical activity programme - ‘Going for Gold’ - is being rolled out to local nurseries and family centres, as part of efforts to ensure there is an ongoing legacy from the Glasgow Games.

The initiative has been designed by East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership Health Improvement Team and the Leisure and Culture Trust, with support from East Dunbartonshire Council.

The physical activity programme will be based on Commonwealth Games sports and has three levels - bronze, silver and gold - for children to aim to achieve.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “I’m delighted that the Going for Gold programme will be delivered over June, July and August.

“This kind of initiative will ensure a genuine, ongoing legacy from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - helping young people to become more active, providing staff with more training and getting families involved into the bargain.

“I look forward to hearing about the success of this scheme as we move into a super summer of sport.”

Sandra Cairney, head of planning/health improvement at EDC Health Partnership, said: “Exercise and a healthy diet is an excellent recipe for good health. The Going for Gold resource will support and encourage young children to be active by playing and having fun together.”

To get involved you can email jennifer.burns2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk