Sport Your Trainers for Commonwealth Day
People in Edinburgh are being encouraged to swap their usual footwear for trainers on Monday 14 March 2011.
The nationwide event on Commonwealth Day has been devised to support the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The campaign was launched in Edinburgh by Council Leader Jenny Dawe and local diver Grace Reid, who was the youngest member of Team Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The national "Sport Your Trainers" day will encourage everyone from business leaders, schoolchildren and doctors to politicians, office workers and housewives to ditch their normal footwear and wear their trainers for the day to support Glasgow 2014.
Launching the campaign in Edinburgh, Council Leader Jenny Dawe said: "The Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a very exciting time for the whole country. With part of the Games being held in Edinburgh, the presence of world-leading athletes should encourage healthy lifestyles through inspiring residents to participate in sport and physical activity.
"As a Council we will be doing all that we can to promote the Games and to encourage our staff, and those of partner organisations, to join in and be part of it."
"Sport Your Trainers" will be held annually on Commonwealth Day for the next three years, with information available via www.glasgow2014.com. All those planning to participate in the campaign are asked to visit the site and click the "I support Sport Your Trainers" button.
A member of Edinburgh Diving Club and one of Edinburgh's Sporting Champions, Grace (14) had an amazing 2010, coming fourth in the European Diving Championships and then getting selected for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She made it through to the final of the 3m springboard event where she finished in sixth, setting a new personal best score.
Grace said: "The drama and excitement of the Commonwealth Games is hard to beat and competing in that atmosphere, as I did in Delhi, gives you a hunger to train and strive even harder to do well. The fact that Glasgow 2014 will be held in Scotland gives the event added significance and it will be an incredible feeling to complete in front of a home crowd.
"Everyone should feel part of the Games as it is a proud moment for Scotland to be hosting them. 'Sport Your Trainers' is a great way for everyone in Edinburgh to get involved and send a message that the next Games will be among the best ever staged. I hope everyone will wear their trainers to work, to school and as they go about their daily business on Monday March 14th."
Lord Smith, Chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee said: "The support we received from all over Scotland was a crucial factor in Glasgow winning Glasgow 2014 and I'm sure that people throughout the country will embrace this new idea.
"It's an enjoyable opportunity with a serious message, as one of the key reasons behind bringing the Games to Scotland is to encourage far more Scots to get active and take part in regular exercise. I'm delighted that Edinburgh have decided to support us and take part."
Every local authority in Scotland is being encouraged to take part and head teachers at all of Scotland's schools are being asked to allow pupils to participate.