SQA and the Commonwealth Games 2014
Enabling a Games Legacy for Scotland
SQA worked closely with the Glasgow 2014 Games Legacy Committee to ensure the learning opportunities available before, during and after the Games added real value to learners of all ages, including the 15,000 volunteers recruited to help deliver what has been called ‘the most successful Commonwealth Games ever’.
Dr Janet Brown, SQA’s Chief Executive, said: “SQA is committed to continuing to support the learning and skills legacy of Glasgow 2014. I want to congratulate everyone involved in the organisation and delivery of the Games – particularly the thousands of volunteers - the Clydesiders - who helped to make it such a success.
"We are continuing to work with stakeholders to allow Clydesiders to use their experiences and skills as evidence towards achieving SQA qualifications, helping prepare them for their next steps, whether that is progression into further study, training or employment.”
Preparations got underway in 2008 to ensure that SQA’s national portfolio of qualifications would meet the needs of both the London Olympics in 2012 and Glasgow 2014.
SQA has supported Games’ activities by:
- Being actively involved with the various Games committees since their inception
- Tailoring a number of qualifications and introducing some new awards in key sectors which were essential to the successful delivery of the Games - including Sporting Events, Sports Coaching, Volunteering, Stewarding and Spectator Safety, and Outside Broadcasting
- Highlighting relevant areas of SQA’s portfolio of qualifications via Education Scotland’s “Game On” website
SQA was also heavily involved in the development of the Volunteering Guide that was issued to all the Clydesider volunteers; Beyond the Games – Clydesider Options Guide.
The guide allowed volunteers to log their experiences and record the skills they developed. The guide provided information on options that volunteers may want to consider beyond their involvement in the Games as well as advice on how to use their skills to enhance their further education, training, volunteering or employment credentials.
All volunteers who successfully participated in the Games were issued with a commemorative certificate bearing the “SQA Supports” logo along with a thank you letter from the Scottish Government.
As part of the ongoing legacy of the Games, SQA continues to work closely with stakeholders to highlight how we can contribute to the three themes of the legacy: employment; education and volunteering. SQA also want to ensure that any completed guides from the volunteers are recognised as potential evidence towards a range of SQA qualifications in a variety of disciplines.
This will include supplying data on qualifications uptake and the impact of the Games to a number of legacy studies.
SQA is trusted to deliver qualifications that enable learners to develop clear pathways towards further learning, employment or career progression
For more information about SQA qualifications and how they can deliver a learning legacy in your centre you can speak to your centre’s SQA Business Development Manager or visit www.sqa.org.uk/businessdevelopment.
SQA qualifications deliver for the Commonwealth Games and beyond
Work has been underway since 2008 to ensure that SQA’s national portfolio of qualifications meets the needs of both London 2012 and Scotland’s Commonwealth Games 2014.
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2014 - Beyond the Games - Clyde-sider Options Guide
A volunteer support pack, Beyond the Games – Clyde-sider options Guide (4.65 MB), was developed by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee. The guide was issued to all Games time volunteers, the Clyde-siders, and allowed them to log their volunteer experience and record the skills they developed.
The support guide also provides advice on how to use these skills to enhance their further education, volunteering or employment credentials beyond their involvement in the Games. The guide focuses on three key areas of interest: employment, education and volunteering and will signpost volunteers towards opportunities and sources of further information on these.
Global Coaches House
SQA is proud to sponsor the Global Coaches House, which provides a meeting and focal point for the coaches and coaching organisations of the world as they attend the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as academics and business professionals with an interest in applying coaching to the needs of their organisations and their own professional development.
GCH is aimed at coaches working at all levels of sport, from those moulding the next Olympian, to those working with children in the local park or guiding adults to improve their fitness levels and lead a healthier life. GCH runs from Saturday 26 July to Saturday 2 August and will be hosted at the University of Strathclyde.