The Youth Urban Games is a major sports event in North Glasgow on the 25th August 2018 that is designed and delivered by young people, celebrates the area’s emerging reputation as an ‘urban playground’, attracts thousands of visitors from Scotland and further afield and delivers lasting change to young Scots and local communities in the city.
This will be a high-impact, industrial-style, free to attend, day-long outdoor community event on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal that comprises an opening ceremony, parkour, skate-board and BMX competitions, public try-out sessions, a street food and cultural hub, and complimentary canal-based activities such as canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding alongside the second annual Glasgow Canal Festival.
Hosted by Scottish Canals with support from SportInspired, Glasgow City Council, and Glasgow Life, the free-to-watch event will put Scotland’s young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Youth Urban Games (YUG 2018) is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
The Youth Urban Games will build on an 18-month community programme implemented by Scottish Canals and SportInspired in May 2017 that both supports and inspires 1,000 primary school and 150 secondary school pupils across the Glasgow Canal area (which runs from Port Dundas to Maryhill) to gain lasting health and employability benefits by planning, delivering and participating in urban sports festivals – from event concept and management to site set up to on-the-day promotion. These same young people will shape the Youth Urban Games showcase in August.