Bin the brogues, sling the stilettos and set your feet free!

In the run up to Glasgow 2014 everyone in Scotland is being encouraged to let loose and wear trainers on Commonwealth day, March 14. The University and RGU: SPORT have shown their support and help get Scotland more active.

Trainers 1‘Sport your Trainers’ is a campaign driven by Glasgow 2014 in the run up to the Commonwealth Games. They have encouraged everyone, ‘from business leaders, school children and doctors to politicians, office workers and housewives’ to ‘ditch their normal footwear and wear their trainers for the day’. They plan to hold this event every commonwealth day until the 2014 games come to Glasgow. There is no money involved; all they ask is for one day, we show our individuality through our trainers.

To show support for ‘Sport Your Trainers’ the University aimed to get as many people as possible - students, staff, employees and everyone in between - to wear trainers for the day.

The University has always placed great importance on sport and getting students fit. With over 30 sports clubs and a sport facility that offers discounted student memberships, students have many opportunities at their fingertips.

Research has shown that regular exercise can help mental illnesses such as stress, which affects the majority of the student population with a range of severity. Vice President of Sport, Nicola Scott, has recently been raising awareness of mental health in the community; through the sports teams she manages, mental health surveys which she distributed to all students (with over one thousand responses), and through selling a sports team’s Naked Calendar with facts on mental health on each page.

She said: “Here at Robert Gordon University we are dedicated to promoting and encouraging physical activity amongst the student and wider community. The mental health campaign we have been running this year, to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, has been hugely successful in getting more students to become more active. ‘Sport your Trainers’ is an excellent idea to continue the promotion of physical activity and highlight the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014.”

Neil Brown, Sport Programmes Manager, stated: “With all the student sport clubs and student scholars I feel this is a fantastic opportunity for the University to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. We have had four RGU: SPORT scholars competing in recent Commonwealth Games, including Hannah Miley who won gold in the 400m individual medley in Delhi, so we have high hopes for 2014.”

To find out more information about ‘Sport your Trainers’, and the Commonwealth Games, visit their web site -

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Issued on behalf of Andrew Staite, RGU:Sport.

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