Council begins countdown to 2014 Commonwealth Games

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WE’RE still nearly a year away from the London 2012 Olympics but Scottish Borders Council, in collaboration with Games for Scotland, has already begun its countdown to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

The result, ‘Count Us In!’ is designed to raise awareness of the 1000 day countdown to the Commonwealths which come to Glasgow in less than three years time. The scheme aims to inspire those who are not currently involved with dance, sport or physical activity to get active.

Open to people of all ages and abilities there will be various opportunities to participate in cultural and physical activity throughout the Borders.

The first, ‘Count Us In! Flash Dance’ will focus on the latest dance craze that takes onlookers by surprise as a group of seemingly unrelated people gradually join in a routine, often in the most unlikely of settings - care homes, village greens, shopping centres etc.

Groups that sign up to take part will receive a brief and a workshop to help them choreograph a dance based on the movements associated with the 17 sports in the Commonwealth Games programme.

And the fruits of their labour will be revealed on October 27 when flash dances will take place throughout the region.

‘Count Us In! Film’ is to be based on numbers, counting down, sport, dance and participation. The public are invited to choose a number between 1 and 100 and send in a photograph or short video clip illustrating the number.

Photographs can be fun, elaborate or simple – pictures of people, places or signs in the Borders. A film is to be produced by VOMO (Voice Of My Own), who have previously worked with aspiring film makers from Duns Youth Centre, using the images sent in by the public and footage filmed of the Flash Dances.

The all important Count Us In! countdown clock will appear on Scottish Borders Council public information screens from October 27.

Discussing the countdown, Councillor Graham Garvie, SBC’s Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Community Learning, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will provide a significant number of opportunities for Borderers to get involved in a once in a generation, major international event.

“As momentum builds and we have passed the ‘three years to go’ mark for Glasgow 2014 I would encourage as many people as possible to participate in the events and volunteering opportunities that are part of the programme aimed at generating a lasting social, economic and sporting legacy for Scotland from the Games.

“Physically active people have a 20-30 per cent reduced risk of premature death, and a 50 per cent reduced risk of major chronic disease, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers. We need to be an active community.”

Shona Robison, minister for sport, added: “Hosting the Games is not only about putting on a spectacular sporting extravaganza but also about leaving a lasting legacy for the people of Scotland. The Games for Scotland programme will form a key strand of this and is a perfect platform for bringing the community together. I would encourage everyone to come along, have fun and play their part.”