Vale Counts Down to the Commonwealth Games


Published 09 June 2014


On 23rd July athletes from Commonwealth nations from across the World will unite in Glasgow to contest the 256 medal events, across 17 sports at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


The Vale Council’s Sports & Play Development Team are looking to use this event to try to inspire more people to become involved in sport and physical activity, whether as a participant, coach, or volunteer.


The Vale Council’s ‘Make It Happen’ programme is seeking to use the Commonwealth Games as a tool to raise awareness of the opportunities available in community clubs and organisations across the Vale, as well as promoting community club opportunities via methods such as club taster sessions, and increased information via websites and social media.


They will also be organising a variety of events in the lead up to the games, such as the Dragon Sport Hockey Festival, the Netball League, and the Vale Junior G14 Festival, which will provide children with the opportunity to participate in Commonwealth sports such as table tennis and badminton. During these events the children will be provided information on how they can take part in these activities within sports clubs and other community provision within their leisure time.


The Vale Schools Para-Games will also take place, which is an athletics based sports day targeting disabled children aged 5-19 years from across the Vale schools. With a target of 200 participants, the Sports & Play Development Team will work in partnership with National Governing Bodies of Sport to deliver this event which will encourage and inspire more disabled young people to participate in sport.


On 26 July the Sports & Play Development team will be hosting their free Family Sports & Play Fun Day. Taking place on Kings Square and in Central Park, the event will coincide with the opening weekend of the Commonwealth Games, and will give community members the chance to try out a range of sports and play opportunities using the Commonwealth Games as an inspirational theme.


To find out further information regarding sports activities in the Vale of Glamorgan please contact the Sports & Play Development team on 01446 704793.