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13/08/13 09:52

Commonwealth Youth Leadership

£60,000 funding for Games initiative to develop young talent around Commonwealth

Young people from around the Commonwealth will use the Glasgow 2014 Games to learn how to make a difference to their communities

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison has announced Scottish Government investment of £60,000 in “33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme”, delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Common Purpose, the international leadership development organisation.

The four day programme will see 100 18-25 year olds – from Scotland and the Commonwealth – develop their leadership skills, networks and Cultural Intelligence to help them in their studies, careers and civic life. Senior leaders from across the Commonwealth will act as mentors, growing the participants’ confidence to lead change and make a difference in their countries.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Sport Development conference in Glasgow today Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said:

“We all know sport has the power to change lives. 33Fifty will do this by embracing the size and scope of the Games and giving 100 young people the learning experience of a lifetime.

“Scotland is proud of being a good global citizen and in embedding learning and strengthening Commonwealth ties to Scotland; we are leaving a lasting international Games legacy that will benefit not only Scotland, but countries around the world.”

Julia Middleton, Chief Executive of Common Purpose said: “As a leading global provider of student leadership development, Common Purpose is proud to be working with the Royal Commonwealth Society to deliver 33Fifty which will take students off campus and into the city for in-depth and real conversations with leaders and practical engagement with real-world challenges.

“We are looking forward seeing the ideas that that the young Commonwealth Leaders will have as a result of their participation in 33Fifty and the positive change that this will have on the Commonwealth going forward.”

Mike Lake, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society said: “The Royal Commonwealth Society is delighted that 33Fifty will form a part of the Glasgow 2014 Games legacy and that the Scottish Government recognises the value of investing in the young men and women who will lead the Commonwealth in the future.”

Notes to editors

33Fifty: The Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme is named because 33 per cent of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and 50 per cent of those are under 25.

One third of the 100 participants will be from Scotland, one third will be students from the Commonwealth currently studying or living in Scotland, and one third will be encouraged to apply from across the Commonwealth.

33Fifty will run every four years, coinciding with the Commonwealth Games, leaving a lasting legacy for participants and the Commonwealth.

Common Purpose is an independent, international leadership development organisation. It gives people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors the inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders at work and in society. Common Purpose develops people’s ability to work together, innovate and to thrive in different cultures - this helps people, organisations, cities and regions to succeed. Founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit social enterprise, Common Purpose is both local and global. It runs local courses for leaders in 35 cities (and growing) across the world and global programmes for leaders from over 100 countries across six continents. 4,000 leaders each year become Common Purpose alumni. See:

The Royal Commonwealth Society is the oldest and largest civil society organisation devoted to the Commonwealth. Founded in 1868, it conducts a range of events, research and activities aimed at promoting international understanding. The RCS has a presence in over 40 Commonwealth countries through a network of branches and Commonwealth societies and is a registered charity in England and Wales. See :