Games legacy event encourages communities to get active

A fun day aimed at encouraging Lanarkshire families to keep active was held in Strathclyde Park on Saturday.

Around 20,000 people turned up throughout the day to join in a real fun family day at Strathclyde Park and sign the pledge to Get More People More Active More Often.

Get Active Lanarkshire is part of a Commonwealth Games legacy initiative, which aims to encourage Lanarkshire residents to get more active more often by increasing their physical activity in the run up to and beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Real Radio’s Steve McKenna took to the stage to open the event and get the day off to a lively start with the Rockette Dance Troup who had everyone moving to music and dance in seconds.

Scott Lamond and Jordan Linden, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Youth Legacy Ambassadors came along to help promote the day’s activities and encourage everyone to get active in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.

Jordan said: “The Get Active Lanarkshire Initiative, with its partner approach, is extremely important not only on the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Games but in delivering a lasting legacy for this the host nation.”

Scott added: “Get Active Lanarkshire aims to put forward the universal aim of increasing health and fitness throughout South and North Lanarkshire.

The organisations supporting the event welcomed the message behind it.

NHS Lanarkshire’s health promotions manager, Gabe Docherty, said: “Today has been an absolutely fabulous day of events with many thousands of Lanarkshire residents enjoying lots of physical activities, some of them trying out an activity for the very first time.

“However, it’s not just about today it’s about getting more people more active more often and keeping up even the simplest extra activity to sustain a healthy lifestyle. We are delighted that thousands of people have come along today and made the pledge to become more active.”

SportScotland partnership manager, Robbie Stewart, said: “This is a really great initiative getting the people of Lanarkshire out getting more active and SportScotland fully supports the initiative. Out Active Schools network and Community Sports Hubs network fully complement the aims of the Get Active Lanarkshire Campaign to Get More People More Active More Often.”

Roisin Lochrin-Hopkins, sports development officer, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, who was one of the event’s organisers, said: “Our aim was to give people the chance to try out activities which they may have always wanted to try but haven’t had the opportunity. It was great that so many people turned and had such a good time.”

Get Active Lanarkshire was organised in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC), North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL), Healthy Working Lives the University of the West of Scotland and the voluntary sector.

For more information on Get Active Lanarkshire, visit: http://www.getactivelanarkshire.co.uk/