SNP's Angus MacDonald signs pledge to champion sport
Saturday, 12 February 2011 13:17
The VoteforSport Campaign gained the support of the SNP's Scottish Parliamentary candidate for Falkirk East Councillor Angus MacDonald today when he pledged to champion the role of sport, it's importance and value to Scottish society when elected to the Scottish Parliament.
The campaign by the Scottish Sports Alliance, which also has the backing of SNP Sports Minister Shona Robison, hopes to harness the power of an estimated 12,000 sports clubs in Scotland and an estimated 900,000 Scots who regularly participate in one or more sports, to promote the life-changing and nation-building value of sport.
Cllr Angus MacDonald, SNP candidate for Falkirk East with Sports Minister Shona Robison MSP.
Signing the pledge to champion the role of sport, Cllr Angus MacDonald said;
"I pledge to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish society and upon my election to the Scottish Parliament I will act as a Scottish Sporting Champion throughout my term in Parliament."
“Sport is an activity, a fun pastime, a promotor of health but it is far more than that. It is something we can work towards to make each of us, our school, team, community and country the best we can be.
“Sport brings people together in common purpose as a team, it allows us to achieve. For many, it can provide meaningful goals for life which are otherwise missing.
“In the run up to the Scottish General Election the SNP is calling on everyone across Scotland to work together to be part of a better Scotland. Together we can make Scotland better and through sport we can make Scotland the healthier and stronger nation we all want it to be.
“I am delighted to sign the pledge and will be persuading as many Falkirk East residents as possible to sign up also."
In addition to this, the Scottish Sports Alliance is also asking members of the public to sign up to www.VoteforSport.com to demonstrate the importance and value of sport to Scottish society.
Scottish Sports Association Board Member & former Scotland Rugby International Scott Hastings commented that “if this campaign is to succeed we need to encourage sport in all areas of society and recognise the huge impact that sport has on our nation.
“There are many things that need to be done but having sport on the political agenda could significantly benefit the health of our country whilst promoting Scotland’s sporting profile.
“2011 is a huge opportunity for all those involved in sport, from the local community clubs up to the highest stage to promote sport as a campaign issue. I urge everyone who plays, spectates or just loves sport to log on to www.voteforsport.com and pledge their support to show Scotland truly cares about sport.
“My vision is to see every school child playing sport in Scotland on a regular basis every week and that sport is accepted as part of Scotland’s future well being.”