Putting the Lego into Legacy Week

Thousands are expected to celebrate the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Thousands are expected to celebrate the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Inspired pupils are building up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games by celebrating Legacy Week with a Lego-cy of their very own.

The Glasgow Games have been a perfect fit for youngsters at Lenzie Primary School who will be building a replica of the Commonwealth Village using Lego next Thursday (June 12), with the support of the toy manufacturer.

It’s just one of the events taking place during national Legacy Week - from June 9-13 - which is showcasing some of the superb work taking place around the Games.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Legacy Group has been working hard for months in the run-up to the Games to ensure the area benefits - now and in the future.

The aim is to boost business and employment opportunities, encourage people to get more active, help build education and cultural links, and support the environment.

Some of the events taking place during Legacy Week include:

· Commonwealth Week at Oxgang Primary, with a full programme of learning, activities and fun

· Bishopbriggs Celebrate Club at the Leisuredrome

· Commonwealth Sports Day at Torrance Primary School

· Bishopbriggs Academy Inter-Schools Games, organised by third-year pupils

· Commonwealth Day at Mosshead Primary School, Bearsden

East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The Commonwealth Games will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting success, but it’s not just about the elite athletes, this is a golden opportunity for Scotland and East Dunbartonshire.

“The council is determined to reap the Legacy benefits now and in years to come. During the Games we hope a large number of people will stay, visit and shop in East Dunbartonshire.

“Looking to the future we hope to forge long-lasting links with friends in the Commonwealth and build on the unique educational, cultural and economic opportunities provided by the Games and their Legacy.

“This will be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has hosted with benefits lasting beyond 2014.

“Legacy means different things for different people, but the important thing is that there’s something for everyone. These are our Games and our Legacy, be part of it.”

Councillor Geekie added: “I would like to pay tribute to all the Council officers who have been working with our partners at Glasgow 2014 to realise a long-lasting Legacy from the Games.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in East Dunbartonshire on 19 July - providing a terrific opportunity to celebrate towns and villages - from Bearsden and Bishopbriggs to Kirkintilloch and Twechar. There will be economic benefits for local traders and cultural opportunities for people of all ages.

Other Legacy highlights include:

· An athletic performance programme to develop emerging talent in East Dunbartonshire

· East Dunbartonshire Get Active Festival

· 2nd East Dunbartonshire Games

· Kirkintilloch Canal Festival and Heritage Festival

· A Dunbartonshire young persons’ golf challenge, to tie in with the Games and the Ryder Cup

· Outdoor Walking Festival

Visit www.legacy2014.co.uk or www.gameslegacyglasgow.com for more information.