Midlothian school kids urged to design art for Commonwealth Games

Midlothian pupils are being urged to showcase their artistic talents to the world at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Using the Games and its 17 sports as creative inspiration, primary and secondary pupils will be challenged to come up with 6,500 pieces of artwork to decorate bedrooms in the Athletes’ Village where the athletes and officials from across the Commonwealth will be staying.

Councillor Bob Constable, Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure at Midlothian Council, said: “We want to encourage as many young people as possible in all our Midlothian schools to enter this fun competition.

“Glasgow 2014 will be Scotland’s biggest sporting event and what greater thrill as to see your own artwork adorn the athlete’s bedrooms in the Commonwealth Village.

“The Games are important for Midlothian, and will help in building on our own activities to promote sport and healthily living for young and old alike.”

The winning designs will be gifted to the visitors as a memento of their time in Scotland, and athletes will be encouraged to send a note expressing their personal thanks back to the young artists.

Schools can apply only by registering on the Game On Scotland website at www.gameonscotland.org. Competition packs will be issued in August with winning entries announced in early 2014.