The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their seal of approval to Glasgow’s bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games following a visit to the city Thursday.
During their visit the Royal couple visited the Glasgow Club Donald Dewar where they launched a new sports coaching project for young people on behalf of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Duke of Cambridge said, “Glasgow is a city with a great buzz and enormous optimism. The Commonwealth Games here next year will be brought to life by Glasgow’s youthful energy, creativity, and its unrivalled cultural heritage. Glasgow would also be tremendous host – if successful, as we hope you are – for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, continuing the legacy from last year”.
The Emirates Arena, which was built by Glasgow City Council for the people of Glasgow, is home to a world-class sporting events program and will be a flagship venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when it will host the badminton and track cycling events. It’s at the centre of the city’s bid for the 2018 Youth Games.
During the visit the Duke of Cambridge met Mahad Ahmed and Jasmine Main, two young ambassadors who have been at the forefront of the city’s bid for the 2018 Youth Games. The Duke of Cambridge also launched the Scottish pilot of Coach Core, which form an important part of the legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Glasgow 2018 YOG bid.
Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush said, “our bid to bring the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow has young people at its very heart so it was fitting the our Young Ambassadors were able to tell the Duke of Cambridge of our plans. We want to inspire young people to be champions in their lives and that inspiration was evident today as the sportsmen and women of the future showed Their Royal Highnesses what the world can expect from Glasgow in 2018”.