One Year to Go - Get involved with the Commonwealth Games

Published: 23 Jul 2013

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A year from now, one of the world’s greatest sporting events will take place. Find out how you can be a part of it.

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The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is the biggest sporting and cultural event ever to be hosted in Scotland and will touch every part of the nation, UK and the Commonwealth.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) in Scotland, Young Scot (Scotland’s National Youth Information Agency for Scotland) and Glasgow 2014 are working together to connect young people to the Games; maximising awareness and developing opportunities to engage young people. The project aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those young people living the values of the Games in Scotland and across the Commonwealth. If you have a connection to the Games, or are planning an event or project related to the Games, please let us know!

The 20th Games is a celebration – a gathering of 71 nations and territories, taking part in 17 sports over 11 days, sharing unique and special moments. Games time will see 4,500 world class athletes take part, including the highest ever number of para-sport medal events in Commonwealth Games History.

Sport is only one part of the story, on top of the 11 days of elite sporting competition, there will be a truly spectacular programme of cultural and entertainment events happening right across the Scotland.

Commonwealth Connections is a Legacy project which will use the unique opportunity of the Games to deliver a lasting impact – now, in the run up to the Games, and in the years beyond. There will be many opportunities in the coming months for DofE groups to get involved in the Games. We will continue updating the site as we come across more opportunities - stay tuned!

Game on Scotland

Game On Legacy logoGame on Scotland is the official education programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its legacy. It aims to provide inspiration and learning and teaching opportunities related to Glasgow 2014 and many of them are useful in planning DofE programmes. We’ve sorted through the resources to bring you a breakdown of what you may find useful.

How to set measureable goals and beat your personal bests for the Physical can be found in What Makes a Successful Athlete and Athletes’ Performance.
The importance of training and evaluation of the Expedition is covered in Inspiring Journeys - use the John Muir Award as an example. Reducing the impact on the environment can be an important goal of the Expedition, find more information in Events Management – you could even pick up some fundraising tips for you other Sections.

If you are working with a group with Additional Support Needs, you can find resources around accessibility and inclusivity in Active and Inclusive. To top it all off, there is more information about the need for commitment, goal setting and training – all necessary for completing a DofE Programme - in the 2104 Commonwealth Games Learning Journey.

Getting Tickets

Around one million tickets will be up for grabs from 19 August with prices for all sports starting at just £15 with half price tickets for under-16s and over-60s. All tickets include free public transport in the Glasgow area on the day of your event! You can register for ticket updates and find ticket prices and FAQs on the Glasgow 2014 website.

Queen's Baton Relay


The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity to showcase your connection with DofE and give you a chance to shine. There will be many opportunities to get involved in the relay, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the important announcements - register today for updates.

It’s your Queen’s Baton Relay – be part of it!

Cultural Programme

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a key part of the Games experience for spectators and visitors. Running from today until the end of August 2014, it will showcase the best of Scottish culture alongside creative work from across the Commonwealth and be a nationwide celebration of the Games, reaching its peak as Glasgow bursts into life at Games time.

The programme will feature theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy and multi-media; intimate shows and outdoor spectaculars; work in theatres, community centres, on bicycles, by rivers, in botanic gardens, art galleries, cinemas, public spaces and much more.
Culture 2014 will kick off this year and is the Scotland-wide cultural countdown to the Games, extending beyond the Closing Ceremony and Festival 2014 is the massive Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action, transforming the city from 19 July to 3 August with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment filling the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow.

There is definitely something for everyone, bringing the Commonwealth to Glasgow and welcoming the Commonwealth to Scotland.

Do you have a Commonwealth Connection?

If you have Commonwealth Games connection we'd love to hear about it! Were you a volunteer at previous Games, are you an athlete or have friends or family who are athletes, have you carried the Baton or are you from a Commonwealth country? There's many ways you could be connected to the Games. Email Jamie Mitchell at the DofE with your stories for a chance to win a Clyde mascot! Remember to tell us what your DofE and Commonwealth Games connection is.

Planning a Commonwealth Games Event or Project?

Doing a cycle to Glasgow? Getting in touch with athletes from your area? Just getting together to watch some of the events? We'd love to hear about anything you might be planning to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. You can also get in touch with Jamie to tell us what you've got planned. 

Further information:

To find out more, please contact Danielle Logan, Youth Engagement Coordinator at Glasgow 2014.