School pupils across the Island have until Friday February 8 to enter a competition to come up with a new slogan for the Island’s Commonwealth Games team. The Games represent the highest level sporting event at which Manx athletes can compete for their country. The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association (IoM CGA), which is a registered charity responsible for organising the Island’s team at the Commonwealth Games, is organising the competition which offers a £100 prize in the form of gift vouchers. £50 will go to the pupil whose slogan is chosen as the winner and £50 to their school.
The slogan must be no more than 30 characters long and must reflect the pride that the Island has for our Commonwealth Games team. In recent years Team Isle of Man has used the slogan ‘One Island, One Team, One Goal’. The competition will be judged by a panel representing IoM CGA, marketing and communications company MM&C which is working to promote IoM CGA and Team Isle of Man, a Team Isle of Man Ambassador, and a representative from the Department of Education and Children. Juliet Holt, President of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association, said:
“We are in the process of creating a new logo and new slogan for Team Isle of Man to be used at the next Games in Glasgow in 2014, and during the build-up to the Games. As Team Isle of Man has a role to play in inspiring young people to take up sport – and perhaps themselves one day representing the Island at the Commonwealth Games – we thought it would be a great idea to involve school pupils across the Island to help us come up with a new slogan. We’ve already had a number of entries but there’s still time for schools to submit their slogans before this Friday’s deadline.”
The competition is part of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association’s strategy to encourage more young people to engage with Team Isle of Man and the Commonwealth Games in the build-up to Glasgow 2014. According to figures from Global Television and Sunset+Vine – host broadcasters for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – more than one billion TV viewers are expected to watch the event. The Isle of Man will be one of 70 nations competing in Glasgow between July 23 and August 3, 2014. The 11 days of competition covers 17 sports; 10 of which are core sports played at every Games and seven selected by the host city. Details of the slogan competition can be found at http://www.gov.im/education/competitions/cwg.xml