Countdown to Games is on in Falkirk

Excitement for the Commonwealth Games has moved up a gear this week thanks to two big announcements.

Falkirk Community Trust revealed that its year-long project to involve almost 12,000 pupils in the Games had secured £10,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Celebrate programme.

Going for Glasgow will see nursery and primary school children take part in a range of challenges during 2014.

As well as a mini-Commonwealth Games competition for primary seven pupils planned for the summer, schools will be asked to think about their sporting legacy and contribute to a time capsule.

Trust chairman Ian Scott said: “We’re delighted children in the area will get the chance to be part of the journey to the Commonwealth Games and securing the legacy of these events for the future.

“Our thanks to Big Lottery for the funding which has made this project possible, giving local children the opportunity to get involved in Commonwealth Games activity and join in the excitement as we approach the summer.”

The project will also include creative and heritage challenges exploring the culture of second team countries - Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas - and learning about the history of the Games.

A spokesperson for the Celebrate programme said: “This programme enables groups from across Scotland to mark the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in their own unique way.

“I am delighted Falkirk Community Trust will use its £10,000 grant to encourage more primary school children to take part in physical activity while having fun and trying out new sports. The children will also attend the Queen’s Baton relay and produce a time capsule, both of which will provide a lifelong reminder of their part in Glasgow 2014.”

The cash boost comes as a panel of judges met in Callendar House to decide who Falkirk’s batonbearers will be in the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Around 200 people from the area applied to play their part in history and carry the baton during its epic journey.

Chaired by Professor Leigh Robinson of Stirling University, the panel has the difficult task of studying the applications before sending its decision to Glasgow by January 31.

The panel is made up of representatives from community and sporting organisations.

Meanwhile, Games, organisers have launched a search for a cast of 3000 volunteers to take place at the opening and closing ceremony.