Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow 2014: Free Games tickets for disadvantaged young people

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Image caption The tickets will be given to young people from every council area in Scotland

A pool of 5,000 free tickets for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is being split among disadvantaged young people across Scotland.

The Gift of the Games scheme will give recipients from every council area in Scotland a ticket to specific events, with transport and meals included.

Costs are being met by sponsors and members of the business community.

The programme is being launched by Glasgow 2014 ambassador and Olympic gold medal-winning boxer, Nicola Adams.

On Tuesday, she will visit Royston Youth Action in the north-east of Glasgow, to meet some of the young people who will be given tickets.

'Make a difference'

Speaking ahead of the launch, Adams said: "The ticketing programme for Glasgow is a huge success, so it's fantastic some tickets have been kept aside to help create a legacy for the Games.

"I know first-hand how important community facilities are and to think some of these guys from Royston Youth Action might have the chance to see me or other athletes compete is great.

"It is projects like this which make a difference to the lives of young people in the area, who will benefit greatly from this initiative."

Gift of the Games will be delivered through the network of Bauer Media's charity, Cash For Kids.

Former first minister, Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, who is chairman of Radio Clyde's Cash For Kids, said: "Glasgow 2014's Gift of the Games creates opportunities for young people to see heroes up close and in action.

"It will lift spirits and create dreams that could last forever, ensuring the legacy reaches those facing the biggest challenges."

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