Excitement is building for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with just 400 days to go until the event. Games mascot, Clyde has already met with 250,000 people, from royalty to fun-runners, as he prepares for the competition which is billed 'the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland will ever host'.
Clyde, who was designed by 13-year-old Beth Gilmour from Cumbernauld, is travelling around the country meeting and greeting young people to inform them on how they can play their part in Glasgow 2014. He has also met a host of celebrities including the Duchess of Cambridge, Sir Chris Hoy and British Olympic boxing champion, Nicola Adams. Organisers are delighted with the response from the public so far with campaigns such as volunteer recruitment receiving 50,811 applications, 38% of which were from people aged between 16 and 25.
Chief Executive of the Games, David Grevemberg, said: "With just 400 days until the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony, momentum is definitely building. Clyde, our friendly face of the Games, has been out spreading the Glasgow 2014 message far and wide. He's friendly, fun and cheeky, just like his home city of Glasgow. Young people are at the heart of the Games and Clyde will continue to welcome youngsters to join him in his exciting journey to Glasgow 2014."
For more information on how to get involved, visit the Glasgow 2014 website.