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Best Games ever? Best legacy ever?

How fantastic was Glasgow 2014? It was brilliant! Glasgow portrayed in the sunshine, its citizens welcomed the world, the events ran to plan and all Team Scotland athletes performed to their best.

August 2014

I had a great time cheering on the relay events and the atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying! As ever thoughts now turn to legacy, often a controversial subject as there is little strong evidence to show that such events do have a long term impact on activity and sports participation levels of the host country.

Wouldn’t it be great if in 10 or 20 years’ time Scotland, and particularly Glasgow, was known as the ‘fit man’ rather than ‘sick man’ of Europe?  That the focus, resources and cross-agency working that allowed fantastic Games to be delivered could be replicated to produce a generation of fit, active and healthy children across all of Scotland?

Some of the building blocks are already in place; health and wellbeing is a key pillar of the curriculum for excellence and nearly 100% of children aged 5-16yrs receive two hours of PE/week, these now need to have real equity with literacy and numeracy in schools.

There are, however, still a number of issues to be addressed to create a culture of wellbeing around every child.  Some of these are: how can parents of 0-3yr olds be supported through consistent messaging from health professionals; how can that messaging be built on in nursery physical activity and play, which then needs to be further developed  throughout primary schools.  We also need to look at the barriers of price to access local facilities and the cost of transport to get there from the perspective of the child and their parents/carers.  These issues are all fixable with collective vision, ambition and resources just like the Games - so let’s bring it on!

What are your thoughts on the legacy of the Games? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Morag

Comments

  • Posted by Rich on Aug 11, 2014 2:11 PM

    It would be great to get some more direct input from health professionals in the early years. Our daughter is 14 months and hasn't been weighed or properly checked up in almost a year. We have no way of telling if she is developing at an appropriate rate, mentally or physically, beyond comparing her to other children and a few pamphlets given out by the NHS.

    On the other hand we have been given lots of information about active play which is very helpful. Though I question how many parents read all the information.

  • Posted by Donna Robertson on Aug 14, 2014 8:22 PM

    I have heard nothing but great comments about the Commonwealth games. Everyone was so happy and positive whether they were spectating at the venues or watching it on tv. I believe children will be inspired, I was inspired, so much so I have decided to stay in competitive freestyle wrestling and aim for the next games in the Gold coast.

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