Support Team England during Queen’s Baton Relay


Commonwealth Games England has announced the locations that the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit between 31 May and 13 June 2014 as it travels around England before leaving for Scotland in the final weeks before the start of the Commonwealth Games on 23 July.

The baton will make its first appearance in England in Manchester on Saturday May 31st as it embarks on a two-week journey across the nation, encouraging public support for Team England and celebrating sport as it goes.

The Queen's Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. By the time of its arrival in England 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 that will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Games.

Its visit to England is the last international leg of the relay before the baton reaches Scotland. Each English venue hosting a day with the baton will organise a series of public events, to celebrate sport and rouse support for the team.

We Are EnglandCommonwealth Games England is calling on the English public to greet the baton with messages of support to Team England via @weRengland or the Commonwealth Games England Facebook page OfficialWeAreEngland, and feel motivated to get moving and perhaps try a new sport.

At each event, there will be a small number of batonbearers, specially chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community. More information about the batonbearers at each event will be announced in the Spring.

Dame Kelly HolmesCommonwealth Games England President Dame Kelly Holmes who won Gold in Manchester in 2002 said: "The Baton is a great symbol of the Commonwealth Games and wherever you are, its arrival is a cue to play your part in supporting Team England’s success at the Games. The Manchester 2002 Games helped me achieve so much in my career and I’m urging the English public to back the Team this summer. The relay is a great chance to get behind Team England and an opportunity to have a go at some of the sports that will be available to try at the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay events."

The journey of the Queen’s Baton through England is being supported by £200,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England. The investment is in addition to the funding Sport England gives to Commonwealth Games England and athletes in 10 Commonwealth Games sports.

Sport England Chair, Nick Bitel, said: "We’re proud to be supporting the relay on its journey through England, bringing the magic of the Games to communities across the country. With the excitement building for the Glasgow Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay is a fantastic opportunity for people to get out and show their support for Team England."

Here is the schedule:

Saturday 31 May     Manchester /Congleton  
Sunday 1 June    Sheffield
Monday 2 June    Birmingham
Tuesday 3 June    Plymouth (AM) and Bristol (PM)
Wednesday 4 June     Southampton
Thursday 5 June    Kent
Friday 6 June    Oxford 
Saturday 7 June    London
Sunday 8 June    London
Monday 9 June    Suffolk
Tuesday 10 June    Leicester
Wednesday 11 June    Hull 
Thursday 12 June    Leeds
Friday 13 June    Newcastle Gateshead (am) and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (pm)

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