The finals of an 18-month programme to get over 1000 young people from North Glasgow riding, skating and jumping towards a healthier, more active lifestyle heralds the start of Scotland’s first ever Youth Urban Games.
On Friday 24th August 2018 230 primary and secondary school pupils will take part in the last of a series of urban sports festivals that introduces them to BMXing, skateboarding and parkour at an outdoor event on the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal near Speirs Wharf.
They will demonstrate their ability using the same equipment as part of the competition-standard 60 metre stage that will test the skills of Scotland’s leading BMX, skateboard and parkour athletes the next day at the Youth Urban Games – a free public event that is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund and managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
The Youth Urban Games pilot programme, which was launched in May 2017 to help young people in the area achieve their potential, has been delivered by Scottish Canals in partnership with national charity SportInspired and with support from Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life. It has seen 1000 primary aged pupils take part in up to 10 urban sports, and 80 secondary school students learn employability skills as event managers and young leaders.