Local Cast Members waved off to Bootcamp
Wednesday 15th September 2010
Clackmannanshire's three representatives at the Dehli Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony will be waved off as they leave for three intensive weeks of Bootcamp in Glasgow.
At bootcamp they will meet up with over 300 people from all over Scotland to rehearse a mass choreographed dance routine for the Glasgow 2014 Flag Handover Ceremony in Delhi which is part of Closing Ceremony performed on 14th October.
You are invited to send a photographer to Alloa Train Station at 1.30pm on Thursday 16th October when the Clackmannanshire trio will be waved off to bootcamp.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said: "We deliberately developed an innovative recruitment model that would ensure that people from a range of communities and diverse backgrounds from all over Scotland would have the opportunity of a lifetime to proudly represent Scotland as part of the 346-strong Cast who will perform the eight minute performance.
"Glasgow Life who have managed the project worked closely with existing Scottish education, sports, arts and volunteering networks to recruit the Cast Members. This wasn't the easiest route to take, but it was the one with the greatest potential to create a once in a lifetime opportunity for people from across Scotland. After the Handover Ceremony, cast members will become Ambassadors for the Games in their community, and will be involved with the Games for the next four years, leaving a positive and direct legacy that is Scotland-wide."
Depute Provost Harry McLaren said: "I am delighted that local Cast Members Tammy Breingan, Kerstin McKelvie and Jamie Devlin will be representing Clackmannanshire, performing in front of a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. We are all very excited about the challenge that lies ahead for them and I am sure they will make us all proud."
Jamie said, "It's quite overwhelming to think that the performance will be beamed live across the Commonwealth to an estimated audience of 1 billion people. We are all bursting to see how the performance will take shape and find out exactly what we will be doing. We think Bootcamp will be amazing! There are 346 people from all over Scotland that we will be rehearsing and performing with. We can't wait to meet them all!"
The Flag Handover Ceremony is the event that concludes the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and it will be the first public statement to the world that Glasgow will be the next Host City, inviting the world to Glasgow in four years time. The Closing Ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on BBC2 from 2.30pm with the Flag Handover Ceremony starting at approximately 3.30pm. The dance performance will show traditional aspects that the world will associate with Scotland as well as a modern and urban feel to represent Glasgow as the host city.
The Council's sports development manager Marjorie MacFarlane called for applicants to take part in the event earlier this year and received lots of nominations from local clubs and individuals. Tammy, Kerstin and Jamie were picked for their dedication to sport in the county, through volunteering and coaching. Their places in the cast were funded by the Glasgow 2014 community engagement fund.
Sara Donaldson, Strategic Director of Unspun, the internationally renowned, world-class team appointed to develop and deliver the Ceremony, explains: "This is the first time that a recruitment model of this kind has been developed for such a high profile event. Glasgow 2014 was determined from the start that the Ceremony would involve as many people in Scotland as was feasibly possible. Our world class choreographers are going to take 346 Scots, some of whom have never danced before, and turn them into stars. The entire creative concept has been based upon the people of Scotland, showcasing Scotland 's proud culture and unique personality to the world."
Notes to editors
Unspun brings a wealth of experience in creating spectacular public events. Projects they have worked on include: Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Doha Asian Games Opening Ceremony, Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. They have also delivered successful projects for U2, Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, and the Royal Opening of BAA Terminal 5.
The Delhi 2010 Closing Ceremony will be broadcast in Scotland on BBC2 from 2.30pm on October 14 with the Flag Handover Ceremony from Delhi to Glasgow, beginning at approximately 3.30pm. For more details ad to follow the Cast Members and meet the Creative Team go to http://www.glasgow2014.com/delhi_handover.aspx
EventScotland have developed a programme of high quality events across the country, Games for Scotland, designed to engender pride in Scotland's people around our hosting of the Games and our commonwealth heritage and to coincide and celebrate the Flag Handover Ceremony. Games for Scotland is a £320k fund being delivered by EventScotland as part of the Scottish Governments Games legacy plan, for further information go to www.eventscotland.org/games and see what is on in your area.