Published: 12th August, 2013
There’s less than a year to go until the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Games take place from July 23 to August 3 2014 at a range of venues across the city and wider region, from Hampden Park and the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome to the Cathkin Braes mountain bike trails and the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
Hampden Park, Scotland’s national football stadium, will be the main site for the athletics and Glasgow 2014’s closing ceremony, while the opening ceremony on July 23 will take place at Celtic Park in the city’s East End.
In all, there will be 17 sports for athletes to compete for during the 11 days, including high octane track events, graceful gymnastics and combat sports like wrestling and judo. For many international athletes, including Team GB stars like boxer Nicola Adams, it will be one of the first opportunities to shine on the global stage since London 2012.
Glasgow 2014 is set to be special given that it’s the 20th Commonwealth Games. Originally called the British Empire Games, but known as the Commonwealth Games since 1978, the world’s third biggest multi-sport gathering (after the Olympics and the Asian Games) has been held every four years since 1930, apart from 1942 and 1946.
While there are 54 Commonwealth nations, 71 teams come together for the Games, as several British overseas territories, Crown dependencies and island states compete under their own flag.
With all eyes firmly focused north of the border next summer, the investment of sponsors is essential to making Glasgow 2014 the unforgettable event it deserves to be. After all, it’s the biggest multi-sport event that Scotland has ever held, even though the Commonwealth Games were previously hosted in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986. And the nation has been working towards it since November 2007, when the announcement of Glasgow’s successful bid was made in Colombo.
There are various levels of sponsors in the Commonwealth Games, including partners, supporters and providers. Professional services firm EY, which handles tax, assurance, transactions and advisory services, became the first global business to pledge its support for Glasgow 2014 by signing a Tier 2 deal. The corporation becomes the event’s official professional advisor, and at the same time strengthens its brand across Scotland, the UK, Commonwealth nations and beyond.
As part of the sponsorship, EY pledges to give key individuals a multi-Games experience. The team involved will be led by Commonwealth partner Stephen Farrell and include partner David Leather, who was Deputy Chief Executive when the firm was part of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
It’s a deal that’s particularly appropriate given that Arthur Young, who founded Arthur Young & Company, was born in Glasgow exactly 150 years ago and attended the city’s university. His company merged with Ernst & Whinney in 1989 to create what is now EY.
The announcement of the sponsorship came at a special ceremony which also marked the opening of the firm’s new offices at G1 in Glasgow’s George Square in the city centre. It was attended by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith.
EY Glasgow office managing partner, Douglas Nisbet, said: “We are proud to be the first international business to pledge support for Glasgow 2014. Our history and central location make us a natural Games partner, and our goals mirror those of the Games’ organisers.”
First Minister, Alex Salmond, added: “It is fitting that the firm will help bring this fantastic sporting event to Arthur Young’s home city,” while Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson commented: “The expertise of EY in various key areas will help ensure Glasgow 2013 is an outstanding success.”