GLENROTHES GOING FOR GOLD

GLENROTHES will be going for gold when the Twin Town Olympiad comes to the area later this year.

The unique five-day event comes back to the area for the first time since 1984 when Her Royal Highness Princess Anne performed the opening ceremony.

Unfortunately, the Princess cannot make a return to Glenrothes for a repeat performance, but the organisers are hopeful that another member of the family can give the Olympiad the Royal seal of approval.

The Olympiad is now in its 26th year, having first been staged in 1977 by Boblingen in Germany where a friendly, sporting and cultural event for teenagers from their twin towns was held with Pontiose, France; Krems, Austria; Alba, Italy; Sittard-Geleen, Holland; Bergama in Turkey, and Glenrothes.

A variety of venues around the town will be used for the staging of the Olympiad, including Fife Institute, Warout Stadium, Glenwood High School and Auchmuty High School, which will also involve sports clubs from all over Fife.

Swimming, football, athletics, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, handball, karate and judo will test the skills of the youngsters who will come from far and wide as Fife and Scotland are firmly put on the map.

"The event is unique and it's about ordinary young people and it's about sport," vice-chairman of the committee, Ed Wallace, told the Gazette.

"But it's also about enjoying yourself in sport and culture and saying to people that sport can be fun. It also gives us a great opportunity to showcase Fife"

And organisers of the Olympiad, that will see around 1,500 folk converge on the Kingdom, are offering local people the chance to play their part.

With so many people involved in the event, which will run from July 9 to 13, organisation is huge and the committee members are on the lookout for folk willing to volunteer their services.

"We want to make this a real community event, so to do that we want to get the community involved," continued Ed. "Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done and we want to hear from anyone who can come forward and get involved.

"We are looking for people with project management experience, secretarial skills, drivers, in fact anyone who is willing to give up some of their time to ensure that the event is a success."

Fife Council has already given its backing to the Fife Twin Town Olympiad with a donation of 171,000 in cash and kind towards the cost of staging it.

But, the event will cost in the region of 500,000 in total, Lottery, European and private finance sources have been approached to for support.

However, help from anyone at all, though, whether in cash or kind will be appreciated.

The committee's secretary, Aileen Penny, can be contacted at the Fife Institute on (01592) 415700 if anyone would like offer help.