Commonwealth Games: GCU hosts Beyond Sport summit

04 July 2014

Sir Craig Reedie

Sir Craig Reedie

Glasgow Caledonian University is to host a groundbreaking international summit for social change through sport on Monday, July 21 - just two days before the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

The University will welcome organisers Beyond Sport, Glasgow 2014, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to the Beyond The Games conference.

Unprecedented in both Scottish and Commonwealth sport, the event will bring together leading figures from sport, academia, local and national government to address how the power of Glasgow 2014 can be harnessed to promote the qualities of humanity, equality and destiny for future generations.

Keynote speakers will include Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson; World Anti-Doping Association President and GCU Honorary Graduate, Sir Craig Reedie; former NBA player and advocate John Amaechi; and former UNICEF President Lord Puttman.

They will be joined by, among others, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg; Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government’s Minister for External Affairs and International Development; Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games; Mel Young, Founder of the Homeless World Cup; and Rimla Akhtar, Chair of the Muslim Women's Sports Foundation.

UNICEF, one of Glasgow 2014’s charity partners and a Global Partner of Beyond Sport, will also play a key role in focusing debate on how future Commonwealth Games can best protect and promote children’s rights.

GCU’s Dr John Harris, lecturer in International Sport and Event Management, has been invited to moderate on a key discussion session entitled Protect, Promote and Support. He is delighted the University is playing such a key role in the Glasgow 2014 legacy mission.

Dr Harris said: “I was very pleased to be asked to moderate one of the sessions in such a momentous week for sport in the city. Beyond Sport are the experts at bringing together people with a passion for sport and ensuring that we work together to make a difference.”

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said: “Glasgow 2014 is a diverse and inclusive organisation and we want to use the power of the Commonwealth Games to create a legacy of which Glasgow, Scotland and the wider Commonwealth can be proud.”

Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, said: “The Beyond the Games conference is the first such event to take place during any Commonwealth Games event and I welcome the fact that it is happening here in Scotland during 2014. We want anyone who visits Scotland to be left in no doubt about our values as a welcoming and inclusive society.”

Tom Burstow, UNICEF UK Commonwealth Games Project Director, said: “Beyond the Games provides a unique opportunity to share the ways in which the Commonwealth Games can promote and protect children’s rights, drawing on the experience of Glasgow and looking forward to the Gold Coast and beyond.”

The conference will be staged in partnership with Dell, the Official IT Hardware and Data Centre Supporter of Glasgow 2014.

To find out more about GCU and the Commonwealth Games visit GCU’s dedicated Glasgow 2014 pages.