Baton Relay To Highlight City's Wealth Of Sporting Talent

29 January 2014

Sheffield’s sporting heroes will be encouraging everyone to ‘be part of the team’ in the run up to the Commonwealth Games when the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to the city as part of a nationwide tour.

Sheffield is one of just 14 English towns and cities selected to host the Queen’s Baton Relay in June and will be the curtain-raiser to the 20th Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August 2014.

The iconic baton will come to Sheffield on 1 June with events across the city to encourage everyone to get behind Team England and to celebrate the wealth of sporting opportunities on offer in Sheffield.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to think this much-loved tradition of touring with the Commonwealth baton before the games will be making its mark on Sheffield. We are really proud to be one of just 14 towns and cities across England to receive it.

“The baton is hugely symbolic throughout the Commonwealth nations and I’m sure it will help inspire people of all ages and abilities to try out a new sport or activity, just as the Olympic and Paralympic flames did when they lit up Sheffield’s streets in 2012.

“This is our opportunity to cheer on Team England and enjoy the excitement and anticipation in the run up to the games. I’m sure the relay will also mark the start of a great summer of sport in Sheffield with the second stage of the Tour de France, the British Gas ASA Diving and Youth Swimming Championships and Bupa Great Yorkshire Run set to follow.”

By the time of its arrival in Sheffield, the baton will have visited 68 nations and territories and covered almost a third of the world’s population. The baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth which will be read out at the opening ceremony of the games.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is England is supported with National Lottery funding from Sport England.  Its visit to England is the last international leg of the relay before the baton enters Scotland.

Commonwealth Games England President Dame Kelly Holmes, who won Commonwealth Gold in Manchester in 2002, said: “Sheffield has a huge sporting tradition and I know that public here will support the English athletes at the games in July. The QBR is a great chance to both send your backing to the team in Glasgow and have a go at some of the sports that will be available at QBR events.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will feature teams from 70 Commonwealth countries competing in 17 sports across 14 venues. Sporting events will include rugby sevens, weightlifting, gymnastics, cycling, hockey and boxing. 

England has taken part in every games, which are held every four years, since 1930 in which we won 61 medals. Our medal haul currently stands at 1,383.

You can follow the baton’s journey by visiting www.glasgow2014.com/queens-baton-relay/follow-baton/interactive-map.

 

ENDS

Notes to editor

For more information about the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games visit www.glasgow2014.com.

For more information about the Queen’s Baton Relay on its journey through England call Andy Bate, Commonwealth Games England Communications Manager, on 07932 102826  

a.bate@weareengland.org

 

Further details about Queen’s Baton Relay events and how you can engage with the baton will be published on the Commonwealth Games England website www.weareengland.org or via @weRengland

 

The Queen’s Baton Relay will call at the following places on the following dates on its journey through England in 2014 

 

Day

Date

Location

1

Saturday 31st May

Manchester /Cheshire (Congleton)

2

Sunday 1st June

Sheffield

3

Monday 2nd June

Birmingham

4

Tuesday 3rd June

Plymouth (AM) and Bristol (PM)

5

Wednesday 4th June

Southampton

6

Thursday 5th June

Kent

7

Friday 6th June

Oxford

8 

Saturday 7th June

London

9

Sunday 8th June

London

10

Monday 9th June

Suffolk

11

Tuesday 10th June

Leicester

12

Wednesday 11th June

Hull

13

Thursday 12th June

Leeds

14

Friday 13th June

Newcastle Gateshead (AM) and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (PM)

 For more information please contact Suzanne Rutter, Communications Coordinator, on 0114 205 3546. Email suzanne.rutter@sheffield.gov.uk

 For out of hours media enquiries please ring 07711 153995.